Updated: Jul 5, 2018
Before coming to Sweden, Tristan played soccer for Sporting San Fernando in the United Premier Soccer League as well as worked full-time as an engineer in the United States. Last year he was Sporting’s top goal scorer, scoring 11 goals in 11 appearances. Before playing in the UPSL, he played university in the NAIA for 4 years. During that time, he won 2 Conference championships (2012,2013), was awarded First-Team All-Conference (2014) and NAIA All-American honors (2014).
Tell us a little about your self...
I was born on August 4, 1992, in Johannesburg, South Africa. When I was 9 months, I moved to the United States and have lived there ever since. My parents are Mark and Dianne and I have 3 siblings: Brett, Kelly, and Amber. I have my bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering and will complete my master’s degree in Systems Architecting and Engineering at the end of the calendar year.
How would you describe your football style?
I would describe my football style and simple and hard-working.
What is the main difference between SWE/US football?
The main difference I have seen between Sweden and where I played in the US is the consistency with the passing and the speed of play. Also, players here are a lot more physically strong than who I have played against in the US.
What challenges are you looking for in this season?
I am looking to see where I match up compared to the players here. You never really know how you compare to others playing in different countries until you come and experience it for yourself. I hope to fight for a starting spot and then help my team win games.
What do you know about football in Sweden, before moving?
I honestly didn’t know too much. I spent a week here on trial before signing and that gave me enough of a perspective to make a decision if I wanted to play here or not.
Where do you see ESK at the end of the season?
Considering we are only 2 points off the leaders, I see ESK finishing near the top and getting promoted to Division II next season. We have a great team, good depth, and an outstanding coach.
Describe your experience in Sweden so far/ and your days' whit ESK.
My experience in Sweden has been fantastic so far. I have met a lot of good people and some new lifelong friends. I have enjoyed my time playing football at this level and continuously improving my game. Sweden itself is a beautiful country with plenty to see and the people are really friendly and helpful everywhere you go.
Tristan, what was your biggest accomplishment as a football player? And what would you say what was the hardest part about achieving the accomplishments?
My biggest accomplishment in football would be getting signed on loan to play overseas here in Sweden. Many players dream of the opportunity to play in Europe and now I get to see what that is like. The hardest part about achieving this accomplishment was getting seen by the right people when you live in the United States.