The Pitt men’s soccer program has been on the rise since Jay Vidovich assumed head coaching duties in 2016, and on Friday, the Panthers celebrated another victory, as defenders Robby Dambrot and Shane Wiedt ascended to the professional ranks by signing with Loudoun United. The team is based in Leesburg, Virginia, about an hour northwest of Washington, D.C., and it competes in the USL Championship as an affiliate of D.C. United.
NEWS | Loudoun United have aquired defenders Shane Wiedt and Robby Dambrot.— Loudoun United FC (@LoudounUnitedFC) August 9, 2019
“Both players played big matches in the ACC for one of the top coaches in the country, Jay Vidovich, so I know the habits and quality we are getting from his players,” Loudoun United head coach Ryan Martin said in a release. “And because of this, we will provide great defensive cover as we hit an important stretch in the season. We need to pick up points in our new home, and we’re looking forward to adding the pair to our roster.”
Both Dambrot and Wiedt are natives of Akron, Ohio, and they began their collegiate careers at perennial powerhouse Akron before transferring to Pitt ahead of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, respectively. Dambrot appeared in 21 games at Pitt and made 19 starts, while Wiedt made 17 appearances with the Panthers and 16 starts. The two were part of a Pitt defense that logged five shutouts in the 2018 season and an Akron team that recorded 11 shutouts in the 2016 season.
Loudoun United is a recent addition to the USL Championship, as it was founded in 2018 and debuted in 2019. Eighteen games into its first season, the team is 5-4-9 and sits in 14th place out of 18 teams in the Eastern Conference.