Still searching for their first win of the 2014 United Soccer League Pro season, the Riverhounds fired coach Justin Evans Monday.
The team has started this season 0-4-3, and is the only USL Pro team that is winless. The Riverhounds have not scored a goal in their past three league games and fell, 1-0, to Rochester Saturday night at Highmark Stadium.
“It was a tough decision to make,” Riverhounds CEO Jason Kutney said in a statement on the team’s website. “Justin has been a critical part of this organization for many years, but we felt that we needed to do this at this time to try and turn things around.”
Defender Nikola Katic will serve as an interim manager, assisted by director of academy operations Scott Gibson, as the team searches for a new full-time coach.
Evans, a Peters Township High School graduate, had just started his fifth season at the helm of the Riverhounds. A year ago, the team got off to the same record to start the season, but righted the ship to finish seventh and qualify for the playoffs.
After the loss to Rochester, Evans said he wasn’t getting frustrated with the lack of results, and only looking forward to getting back in training and trying to improve the team.
“I’m not going to sit here and dwell on the negative because it’s going to do nothing good for us,” he said then. “I’ve just got to continue to take a look at it and see what we can do, how we can fix it.”
The Riverhounds spent the offseason attempting to bolster their roster, though, and struck an affiliation deal with Houston Dynamo of MLS in an attempt to improve the overall talent level.
Goals and wins have been scarce, though, and the team is also embroiled in off-field drama as it goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy procedures.
Katic will make his managerial debut Friday when the Riverhounds hit the road to face Wilmington.
Sam Werner: firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter @SWernerPG First Published May 19, 2014 6:30 PM