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KING KENNY: Forbes Becomes Championship’s All-Time Assists Leader

By NICHOLAS MURRAY - nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com, 08/01/20, 8:08PM EDT

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Two first-half helpers move Jamaican midfielder past Maikel Chang in league’s regular-season rankings


Two first-half assists against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night moved Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC's Kenardo Forbes into the Championship's all-time regular season lead for assists with 38 for his career. | Photo courtest Chris Cowger / Pittsburgh Ri

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC midfielder Kenardo Forbes became the USL Championship’s all-time leader in regular-season assists on Saturday night, with his sixth and seventh assists of the 2020 season moving him to 38 for his career in the first half of the Hounds’ clash with the Philadelphia Union II at Highmark Stadium.

The 32-year-old overtook former Charleston Battery and Real Monarchs SLC midfielder Maikel Chang, who recorded 37 assists in the Championship prior to signing with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer for the 2020 season.

The native of Kingston, Jamaica notched his first assist on Saturday night midway through the second half as he got in behind the Union II defense on the right and clipped a perfect cross for Steevan Dos Santos to head home at the far post. In the 35th minute, Forbes took the record with a curling corner kick from the left that found Thomas Vancaeyezeele for a close-range header to surpass Chang’s mark.

Forbes has been one of the standout midfielders in the Championship since joining the Rochester Rhinos in 2015. Since helping the Rhinos claim the USL Championship Final that season, Forbes has been a key figure in the rise of Riverhounds SC since joining the club prior to the 2018 season. The Jamaican has earned selection to the Championship All-League Team each of the past two seasons – and three times overall – as his all-around game has placed him among the league’s elite. 

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