CARY, N.C. (January 23, 2019) –North Carolina FC has signed two more key players to its squad with the additions of forward Robert Kristo and defender Timmy Mehl. Both moves are pending league and federation approval, while the club is also waiting for the receipt of Kristo’s International Transfer Certificate.
Kristo joins North Carolina FC after three years abroad, playing for teams in Italy and Germany. The 25-year-old forward most recently spent two seasons with German 3. Liga side VFL Osnabrück, playing over 700 minutes while primarily being relied on as a substitute. Prior to his stint in Germany, Kristo played for Italian sides Tuttocuoio and Fidelis Andria in Serie C from 2015-2016, while on loan from Serie B side Spezia.
“Robert is a striker that offers a physical presence along with mobility and technical skill,” said North Carolina FC Head Coach Dave Sarachan. “Outstanding in the air, Robert will provide an important dimension in our attack as a target striker.”
Kristo turned pro following a standout college career at Saint Louis University. The forward was a three-time All-American and tallied 41 goals and 15 assists in 71 appearances with the Billikens. In his final season, he was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was a Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
On the defensive side of the ball, Mehl joins NCFC after a standout college career at Indiana University. The center back made 72 appearances, scored six goals and added four assists. He was also a two-time All-Big Ten selection and helped lead his team to the NCAA College Cup last season. Mehl was part of an Indiana defensive unit that led the NCAA with 15 shutouts and only allowed 13 goals all season. Mehl joins his college teammate Austin Panchot on the North Carolina FC roster.
“Timmy comes from an outstanding collegiate program that had great success this season,” added Sarachan. “He played a huge role in their back line and will provide us another center back option. He is comfortable on the ball and playing out of the back under pressure, which will be important in our way of playing.”
North Carolina FC’s roster includes goalkeeper Alex Tambakis, defenders Aaron Guillen, Timmy Mehl, Steven Miller and DJ Taylor, midfielders Austin da Luz, Dre Fortune, Victor Igbekoyi, Austin Panchot, Graham Smith and Duval Wapiwo and forwards Yamikani Chester, Donovan Ewolo, Robert Kristo and Marios Lomis.
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Name: Robert Kristo
Birthdate: 5/14/1993 (Age: 25)
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Weight: 205 lbs
Citizenship: United States
College: Saint Louis University
Previous Club: VFL Osnabrück
Transaction: North Carolina FC has signed Robert Kristo.
Name: Timmy Mehl
Birthdate: 8/31/1995 (Age: 23)
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Weight: 170 lbs
Citizenship: United States
College: Indiana University
Transaction: North Carolina FC has signed Timmy Mehl.