CARY, N.C. (March 1, 2018) – North Carolina FC has secured another important piece to its roster for the United Soccer League (USL) season with the addition of goalkeeper Alex Tambakis. The move is pending league and federation approval.
“Alex is an important addition to the squad,” said NCFC Head Coach Colin Clarke. “We’ve had some very good goalkeepers here the last two years, and now we have a new group of keepers. Alex will certainly challenge for the starting position along with Austin [Guerrero]. He brings USL experience from Charleston. I’m excited to have him here. He’s a good addition to our squad and his signing creates a competitive battle between him and Austin for the starting spot.”
“I’m very excited to join North Carolina FC, a club with a great technical staff, high-level, talented players and a strong fan base,” said Tambakis. “I come with great motivation to put my hard work and background to the service of the team. I will give my all to help the club achieve its goals. NCFC has all the attributes to have a strong presence in the USL and win a championship. I can’t wait to share the exciting moments with my teammates and the fans.”
The 25-year-old goalkeeper is a former MLS talent and comes to the club after a short stint with Sporting Kansas City. Before being traded to Sporting KC, Tambakis was Atlanta United’s first ever signing. He spent the 2016 season and a portion of the 2017 season on loan with the Charleston Battery and totaled 29 appearances and 2,610 minutes in league play with the USL side during the two-year span.
Prior to making the move to the United States, Tambakis developed in the Panathinaikos youth academy and earned a first-team contract with the Greek club in 2011. He spent nearly five seasons with the club, which included loan spells to VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands and Niki Volou FC in Greece. He also appeared for Greece on the international stage and was a member of the Greece U-19 roster for the UEFA U-19 Championships in 2011.
Tambakis bolsters the goalkeeping contingent for the club, which includes Austin Guerrero and George Marks. He joins defenders Peabo Doue, Wuilito Fernandes, Michael Harrington, Steven Miller, Carson Nsegbe, D.J. Taylor and Connor Tobin, midfielders Kyle Bekker, Nelson Blanco, Austin da Luz, Dre Fortune, Marcel Kandziora and Bernhard Luxbacher and forwards Donovan Ewolo, Marios Lomis and Daniel Rios.
North Carolina FC season tickets are now on sale and feature the newest membership benefit – Beer for the Year. For every fan who opts in to the added membership bonus by March 1 North Carolina Football Club will buy one Lonerider North Carolina Football Club Captain’s Lager at every regular-season home match. To purchase season tickets, sign up for Beer for the Year or ask questions regarding the home opener, please call the North Carolina FC office at 919-459-8144 to speak with a ticket representative. For more information about the club, visit NorthCarolinaFC.com.
Name: Alex Tambakis
Birthdate: 12/8/1992 (Age 25)
Hometown: Athens, Greece
Weight: 180 lbs
Previous Club: Sporting Kansas City