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Midfielder Todd Wharton Announces Retirement

January 11, 2022 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC News Release

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC midfielder Todd Wharton announced via his personal Instagram account that he is retiring from professional soccer, bringing his time with the team to a close.

Wharton, 27, joined the Riverhounds before the 2021 season and was a steady contributor and versatile piece of the team throughout the season. He appeared in all 32 matches and scored four goals while moving between multiple midfield roles and occasionally stepping in as a defender.

"First, I'd like to say think you to the fans for making Pittsburgh such a great place to play and supporting us through everything. To Bob and the staff, thank you for giving me the opportunity to play for such a great organization in my final season. And lastly, thank you to my teammates for a season I will always cherish," Wharton said.

"Todd Wharton will most certainly be missed - a player with great habits, the right mentality and a good understanding of the game who was well-respected by his teammates and a big part of our success in 2021," Riverhounds head coach Bob Lilley said. "The Riverhounds organization is grateful for his efforts and wish Todd and his family the best moving forward to their next chapter."

Wharton, originally from Glen Allen, Va., was a 2014 NCAA Champion at the University of Virginia and finished his four-year career with the Cavaliers in 2015. He signed with the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros before the 2016 USL season, and he would remain in South Texas for three seasons before continuing his career with the Portland Timbers 2 (2019), Saint Louis FC (2020) and the Hounds.

An everyday contributor with each club in his career, Wharton finishes having played 142 regular-season matches and recording 16 goals and 13 assists in the USL Championship.

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