While on his loan to the United Soccer League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Joe Greenspan has made quite the impact. He made the USL Team of the Week on Tuesday after helping the Hounds to their first clean sheet, a 1-0 victory against rivals Harrisburg City Islanders.
In the match, Greenspan had a season-high four tackles as well as a team-high four clearances. He's started and played in four matches so far, with the Hounds playing at 6 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN3 against Toronto FC II. Here's a story on Greenspan and his center-back partner that has more of his defensive stats.
The loan was initially for one month until about mid-May, but United coach Adrian Heath said Wednesday the deal would be extended.
"We'll probably keep him there for another three or four games and then bring him back maybe around Open Cup time," Heath said of June 14, when MLS clubs enter the U.S. Open Cup competition. "That would be an opportunity for us to have a look. Obviously, been speaking to his coach who's been really pleased and just thinks hes getting better by the week, which is one of the reasons we sent him out there.
"Now maybe Collin Martin or Ish [Jome], at some stage maybe that will be the same for them. But at this moment in time, it's a bit difficult because they're in and around the first team here."
Brovsky back at it
Former North American Soccer League player Jeb Brovsky joined the Loons just for training starting Tuesday. nd Heath said there's no trial planned as of yet.
"He obviously is just coming back from a long-term injury, and he asked if he could come and train and work out," Heath said. "Everybody speaks so highly about him in the club. Somebody I don't really know that well. ... We'll let him train for as long as he wants, and it gives us an opportunity to have a look as well."
Defender Justin Davis said his wife and Brovsky's wife are good friends, so it's nice to see Brovsky return to the pitch.
"It's great to have him back here," Davis said. "I know he's been itching to get back on the field and even though he's doing limited stuff, just getting his fitness back, I think he brings something special to the locker room and just the group."
Heath's big day
Heath had some extra press on Wednesday, doing a live interview with the BBC in the U.K. for the 30th anniversary of Everton winning the Football League First Division, what was then the top level, in 1986-87. Heath recalled how he played mainly in the midfield that season, and the team won the league with three matches to spare despite facing adversity and having players who never made the lineup playing 13 or 14 matches.
As for why the 30th anniversary is a bigger deal than then 10th or 20th, Heath's answer was a bit morbid.
"I don't know why the 30 has been so [important]," he said. "It's probably because people are dying, that's why."
See below for another quote from Heath and a fun drill from practice.