Bob Lilley continues to sign Bob Lilley guys entering his second year with the Riverhounds.
The Hounds announced Thursday morning they had reached a one-year agreement with 26-year-old forward Christian Volesky, a USL veteran who broke into the pro ranks with the Rochester Rhinos under Lilley.
Volesky finished last season with the Oklahoma City Energy after being traded on May 8 from St. Louis FC. He only had one goal for St. Louis but came on strong for his new team with nine goals in 22 games in Oklahoma City. Volesky originally signed with St. Louis as a free agent ahead of the 2017 season after leaving Rochester with 18 goals in 2015-16.
“Christian has exceptional movement, great pace and knows how to get behind defenses,” Lilley said in a team statement. “He’s always active in attacking areas and knows how to score goals. We feel his best soccer is still in front of him.”
A second-round MLS draft pick in 2015 out of SIU-Edwardsville, Volesky went unsigned by the Portland Timbers and landed with Lilley in Rochester for his rookie season. He tied for the Rhinos lead in goals during the regular season with eight as a first-year pro, and he helped Rochester to the 2015 USL title.
Volesky has scored at least eight goals in each of his four professional seasons, including 10 with the Rhinos in 2016. With him joining the team, the Hounds now have three forwards who have posted a 10-goal season (including postseason) under Lilley -- Volesky in 2016, Steevan Dos Santos in 2015 and '16 and Neco Brett in 2018.
Of the Hounds' four free agent signings this offseason, three played for Lilley previously (Volesky, Dos Santos and defender Ryan James) with the other being a first-year pro in midfielder Anthony Velarde.