PITTSBURGH (January 16, 2020) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed defender Mark Lindstrom and goalkeeper Anthony Mwembia each to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season, pending USSF and USL Championship approval.
Lindstrom, a product of UNC Wilmington (UNCW), and Mwembia, a product of Bowling Green State University, both participated in the club’s invitational trials this past Dec. 7-8.
An impact player out of the gate as a freshman, Lindstrom started all 17 of his appearances. During his time with the Seahawks, he never played less than 16 games during a season and was named United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Second Team as a junior and senior.
"We feel Mark has all the traits to become a solid contributor on our backline,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “He reads the game well, is solid in the tackle and comfortable on the ball."
A native of Gavle, Gastrikland, Sweden, Lindstrom finished his collegiate career at UNCW (2016-19) with 68 games played (65 starts) and two goals. He is the only player in program history to earn All-Colonial Athletic Association four times.
Meanwhile, Mwembia capped his collegiate career with United Soccer Coaches All-North Region First Team honors after captaining his squad to the Mid-American Conference Tournament Final as a senior. The goalkeeper made an impact since he joined the program, earning the starting role as a freshman. Throughout his career with the Falcons (2016-19), he averaged 16.5 games played and 6.5 shutouts per season.
"Anthony is a well-rounded goalkeeper with the ability to make the big save,” Lilley said. “He is a player who we feel can develop quickly in our environment."
The Toulouse, France native ended his Bowling Green career with 66 games played, 1.04 goals-against average, .759 save percentage and 26 shutouts.
Riverhounds SC now has 12 players under contract for the 2020 season.
Roster breakdown for 2020 season:
Forwards (3): Steevan Dos Santos, Lukas Fernandes, Mark Forrest
Midfielders (4): Kenardo Forbes, Robbie Mertz, Dani Rovira, Anthony Velarde
Defenders (4): Ryan James, Mark Lindstrom, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Tony Walls
Goalkeepers (1): Anthony Mwembia