Alex Kapp - G :: Drafted by Atlanta United
Riggs Lennon - F :: Graduated
Ricardo Perez - M :: Signed Homegrown with Colorado Rapids
Evan Waldrep - M :: Transferred to Grand Canyon
Myles Englis - M :: Graduated trying out for Charleston Battery
Karim Sawaf - F :: Transferred
Yasin Abdulgasem - F :: Graduated
Fabio Rumpler - M :: Transferred
Anthony Macchione - F :: Transferred from Akron (Spring Addition)
Christopher Lund - D :: Denmark/Singapore (Spring Addition)
Dominic Valdivia - M :: From Total Football Academy LA & Loyola High School
Austin Wormell - G :: From Tulsa United
~6 more players
Jays lose long-time midfield fulcrum Ricardo Perez, who impressed many by signing with Colorado Rapids. With the lack of depth in Colorado Perez could see time there if he hits the ground running with camp.
Jays also lose senior transfers Alex Kapp and Riggs Lennon who both greatly impacted and helped this team into reaching the Sweet 16. Lennon was a goal machine early and provide Creighton with an instant offensive weapon. Kapp shocked some pundits by being drafted by MLS new boys Atlanta United. Kapp recently had shoulder surgery and will remain in Omaha to rehab prior to joining up with Atlanta’s second team.
Evan Waldrep, Fabio Rumpler and Karim Sawaf have left the program looking for different roles. All had high upside and will be missed on the Hilltop.
Jays welcome Akron transfer Anthony Macchione and defender Christopher Lund. Macchione was riddled by injury last season at Akron but according to spring training is fit and ready to hit the spring season running. Lund is an interesting player. He joins the Jays via stops in Denmark and Singapore. The Danish-Korean center-back is 6-2, right footed and imposing on the field. It sounds like Lund will provide quality depth for the Jays behind last year’s starting duo Peter Prescott and Mitch LaGro.
Creighton has also received verbal commitments from midfielder Dominic Valdivia (younger brother of back-up GK Collin) of Los Angeles Loyola HS and goalkeeper Austin Wormell of Tulsa United.
I would imagine the Jays are after impact transfers like Lennon and Kapp were for them in 2016, as well as a few more players from abroad.
Akeem Ward is back and ready to go for the spring season. No other current injuries.
Here is how I can see the Jays lining up for the spring:
GK: Michael Kluver
LB: Akeem Ward
CB: Peter Prescott
CB: Mitch LaGro
RB: Julius Fohr
CM: Joel Rydstand
CM: Lucas Stauffer
LM: Luke Haakenson
RM: Noah Franke
AM: Ricky Lopez-Espin
ST: Anthony Macchione