USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Independence announced on Wednesday they had signed former PDL standout Chris Hellmann for the 2016 USL season. The German forward is a former standout for the Des Moines Menace, and was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
Independence Coach Mike Jeffries, who coached Hellmann during the 2014 season with the Menace, is excited to add the young German striker to his squad.
“Having worked with Chris in Des Moines, I am excited to have him now join the Independence,” said Jeffries. “Chris has great attacking qualities – he is very good in and around the goal, able to make clever, penetrating passes and finish plays on his own. His ability to combine and to play off other players fits our style of play. Though he is in his first year out of college, Chris displays the savvy of a veteran player in his ability to create space for himself.”
Hellmann was named as a finalist for the PDL’s Most Valuable Player award for the Menace in 2014, as he recorded nine goals and seven assists in 12 regular-season contests as the Menace claimed the PDL Regular Season title. He added six goals and four assists in nine appearances for the Menace in 2015.Hellman also shone in college at Lynn University, where he led the Sunshine State Conference and South Region in goals (17) and points (47) last fall. In 2014, Hellmann led all NCAA Division II players with 28 goals and helped the Fighting Knights win their second National Championship in three seasons. The forward has a career total of 49 goals and 29 assists in 45 appearances for Lynn, becoming just the fifth player in program history to reach the 100-point club.