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Robby Kristo Named Player of the Week for USL League One Week 16

July 26, 2021 - United Soccer League One (USL1) - North Carolina FC News Release

Cary, NC - USL League One announced on Monday the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 16 of the 2021 regular season, with North Carolina FC forward Robby Kristo named Player of the Week after scoring a pair of goals in NCFC's 4-0 home win against the Richmond Kickers on Wednesday night at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Kristo opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a well-placed header, then doubled his tally with a world-class goal from the midfield circle four minutes before halftime. The striker did well to control the ball with his back to goal, swiveled, and hit a lob shot which caught Richmond's goalkeeper off his line and flew spectacularly into the net. The goal landed as the No. 2 play on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 the following morning.

NCFC's lopsided home win and Union Omaha's 2-1 win over FC Tucson on Saturday night - which sent los Búhos two points clear at the top of the table - see the two clubs lead all clubs with three players each represented in this week's team.

GK - Jake McGuire, North Carolina FC: McGuire kept a three-save clean sheet to provide the platform for NCFC's second home win against Richmond this season.

M - Josh Coan, North Carolina FC: Coan scored a pair of quality goals in the second half of NCFC's 4-0 win against Richmond, notched one key pass, and won 4 of 6 duels.

F - Robby Kristo, North Carolina FC: In addition to his two excellent goals, Kristo was everywhere for NCFC against Richmond last Wednesday. He led all players in the match in dribbles completed (three), chances created (three), fouls drawn (seven) and duels won (22).

NCFC travel to take on Fort Lauderdale CF this Sunday August 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

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