Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverhounds Are Utilizing Ko Alumnus Virgara Excited to Play for His Hometown Team

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverhounds Are Utilizing Ko Alumnus Virgara Excited to Play for His Hometown Team

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Anthony Virgara loves playing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Virgara, a Green Tree native, was first signed by the Riverhounds in August 2014. He said that he has been enjoying his first year as a soccer pro.

"It's exciting," Virgara said. "It's a great opportunity to keep playing and doing what I love."

Playing in Pittsburgh is something that Virgara had always wanted to do. He said that is one of the main reasons why this opportunity is so special.

"I always thought about it a lot, playing in Pittsburgh," Virgara said. "This is a great opportunity because it is so close to home. I get to stay close to all my friends and family, and I get to make new friends here. It's great."

Virgara, a versatile midfielder, signed a new contract with the Riverhounds in March after first joining the team late in the 2014 season last August, when he made his debut as a substitution during the team's penultimate game. Prior to this promotion, Virgara had been playing with the Riverhounds' Premier Development League team, for which he played in 11 games.

Riverhounds coach Mark Steffens thinks highly of Virgara and believes that he has a successful pro career ahead of him.

"He is a guy whom we are really looking to develop, because he has some good potential," Steffens said.

"He is a very hard worker. He is a very loyal and committed player who is just going to bust his tail day in and day out, so he's great for training, and I can see him improving on a regular basis. If he can continue to work hard, I think he will be able to play in this league, and hopefully in Pittsburgh."

Before joining this organization, Virgara played four years of collegiate soccer at Marshall University from 2010 to 2013. He made 63 appearances with the Thundering Herd.

A midfielder, he played for Seton-La Salle High School from 2005 to 2007 before transferring to Keystone Oaks in 2008. …

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