Christo Michaelson Signs Professional Contract
Feb. 21, 2018

RENO, Nev. – Reno 1868 FC has signed four players to one-year deals, the club announced Monday, including Gonzaga senior midfielder Christo Michaelson.

He was one of four players spent the preseason with Reno earning a spot on the 2018 roster. All four players are USL Premier Development League (PDL) alums.

Michaelson most recently played for Portland Timbers’ U-23 side in the PDL after a standout career at Gonzaga. Michaelson scored 10 goals and notched four assists in his four years with Gonzaga.

“Christo plays the No. 6 position and is aggressive, tenacious and a good ball-winner,” Reno head coach Ian Russell said. “He’s another young player we’re looking forward to developing for the future.”

Michaelson was a 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Men's All-Far West Region Third Team recipient, along with being named All-West Coast Conference Second Team, as he led the team in goals with four. He was named All-WCC Honorable Mention last season. He added an assist to his goal total this year and was second behind Ben White with nine points. Michaelson led the Zags with 21 shots and 10 shots on goal. Two of his goals were game-winners, the most on the team.

Reno 1868 FC are members of the United Soccer League, just below Major League Soccer in the US professional hierarchy and the top associated club of the San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS. Michaelson is the second Zag from the 2017 squad to go pro, as Ben White was drafted by Toronto FC in the MLS Draft earlier this year.

Reno 1868 FC’s first match at home is March 3 against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at 4 p.m. inside Greater Nevada Field. Fans who buy a ticket to that match or to the March 17 regular season opener against Swope Park Rangers will receive a free ticket to the March 7 match against Real Monarchs SLC. Tickets are on-sale now at or (775) 334-4700. Be sure to follow Reno 1868 FC on Twitter (@Reno1868FC) and give the club a like on Facebook for the latest news concerning Reno’s professional soccer club.

Parts of release courtesy of Aldo Amato (



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