Loan Update: Anthony Arena named Pittsburgh Riverhounds Defender of the Year

Houston Dynamo defender Anthony Arena was named Pittsburgh Riverhounds Defender of the Year in a pregame ceremony on Saturday before the club lost its season finale, 2-1, to Arizona United.

Arena, 24, appeared in 16 games with Pittsburgh this season and helped lead the club on a late season run that nearly ended with a place in the USL PRO playoffs. After starting the season 1-9-5, the club won eight of its final 13 games, including a 8-3 stretch before dropping the final two games of the season.

Dynamo goalkeeper Michael Lisch appeared in 17 games, the most among Pittsburgh goalkeepers, and also led the club with a 1.47 goals against average.

Houston midfielder Jason Johnson made 12 appearances and tallied one goal and one assist.

The Riverhounds needed a win against Arizona United, along with a loss for Harrisburg City, but the Islanders won its finale 4-2 to ensure its place in the playoffs.

Pittsburgh is the USL PRO affiliate of the Houston Dynamo after the clubs formed an affiliate partnership for the 2014 season last November.  

Houston Dynamo players on loan with Pittsburgh Riverhounds (cumulative season statistics)

Name Games played Minutes Goals Assists/GAA
Anthony Arena 16 1,384 0 0
Jason Johnson 12 700 1 1
Brian Ownby 5 307 1 0
Bryan Salazar 1 5 0 0
Michael Lisch 17 1,530 25 GA 1.47 GAA