Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has acquired midfielder Danny Griffin, who led the club in appearances across the past three seasons before joining Huntsville City FC prior to the 2023 campaign. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC announced on Wednesday the club had acquired midfielder Danny Griffin via transfer from Huntsville City FC, Nashville SC’s affiliate in third-division MLS Next Pro, bringing back a mainstay of the club’s midfield and a fan favorite.
The 24-year-old and Hounds have agreed to a new contract that could keep Griffin with Pittsburgh through the 2025 USL Championship season. Terms of the transfer agreement were not disclosed, and the transaction is pending league and federation approval.
“Danny shows up every day in every way,” said Hounds Head Coach Bob Lilley. “He brings energy to the group, quality on the pitch and is certainly one of the most complete and versatile players I have coached. As an organization, we are delighted to have Danny back in Pittsburgh helping us chase a championship.”
In three seasons with the Hounds, Griffin put together a streak of reliability unmatched in club history. He played in all 85 USL Championship matches (regular-season and postseason) during his time with the Hounds, with his streak of 82 consecutive regular-season appearances a club record.
Last season, Griffin led the Hounds in tackles (52) and interceptions (75), and he also became the first Hounds player to eclipse 3,000 minutes in a regular season with 3,055 minutes — all but 5 minutes of the 34-match season.
“I’m absolutely buzzing right now,” said Griffin. “To say I’m excited isn’t enough to describe the feeling. Pittsburgh became a home to me after I made the move from Connecticut to Pittsburgh, and I know the coaches, Bob and Viss [assistant coach Dan Visser], and the owner, Tuffy [Shallenberger], have always been supportive of me and my career.
“I’m ecstatic to be back in Pittsburgh. I’ve been following the team while I was gone, and I’m happy to say that I’m coming back home.”
In addition to his durability and skill as a ball-winner in midfield, Griffin showed his offensive talents by recording five goals and three assists during his first stint with the Hounds. This season with Huntsville, Griffin had scored one goal in five appearances.