PITTSBURGH -- As the 2020 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC season restarts, 22 The Point is proud to be a broadcast partner with the local USL club, carrying 11 regular season matchups.
In addition to the regular season broadcasts, each month during the season Marketplace Pittsburgh will feature a Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Player Profile.
This month's Player Profile segment features Upper St. Clair native Robbie Mertz.
Mertz joins 22 The Point's Jordan Conigliaro to talk about playing for his hometown team, his soccer roots in Pittsburgh and his goals and expectations entering his sophomore season.
Watch Marketplace Pittsburgh Sundays at 8 p.m. on 22 The Point.
Robbie Mertz on PittsburghRiverhounds.com
Robbie Mertz enters his second season with Riverhounds SC in 2020.
The midfielder was an important part of the Pittsburgh attack during his rookie season in 2019, finishing the year with six goals in 26 appearances. The two-time Team of the Week honoree tallied the most goals of any Hounds midfielder.
In 2019, the Colorado Rapids selected Mertz with the No. 76 overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. The Rapids later released him prior to their second preseason camp.
Mertz arrived with the Hounds after competing at the University of Michigan from 2015-2018. During his junior and senior campaigns, he was named United Soccer Coaches All-North Region (second team as a senior and third team as a junior) and All-Big Ten (first team as a senior and second team as a junior). In April 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, an award presented for academic and athletic achievement.
In his collegiate career at Michigan, Mertz accumulated 76 games played (55 starts), nine goals and 12 assists.
The Pittsburgh native played at Upper St. Clair High School, in addition to a stint with the Riverhounds Development Academy. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania for the 2014-15 season and led Upper St. Clair to two state championships (2012 and 2013).
2020 PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS SC ON 22 THE POINT
Saturday, July 18 - Riverhounds SC 6, Philadelphia Union II 0
Sunday, July 26 - New York Red Bulls II 2, Riverhounds SC 1
Saturday, Aug. 1 – vs. Philadelphia Union II at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8 – vs. New York Red Bulls II at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15 - @ Indy Eleven at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22 – vs. Saint Louis FC at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 6 - @ New York Red Bulls II at 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12 – vs. Hartford Athletic at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19 - @ Loudoun United FC at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26 – vs. Hartford Athletic at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 – vs. Philadelphia Union II at 7 p.m.
*Schedule subject to change