MINNEAPOLIS, M.N. — It’s been a unique road for Somers resident Alex Kapp, but the 22-year-old recently signed with the Minnesota United FC, which is competing in its inaugural season in the Major League Soccer league.
Kapp, a goaltender, was previously drafted by the Atlanta United FC in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft in January. He trained with the Minnesota United over the last several weeks and impressed the team enough to be claimed off waivers.
“It’s meant the world to me. Ever since I was young playing soccer it has been my life long dream to play professionally,” Kapp said. “Having all the hard work and dedication I put into this sport over the years and seeing it pay off is a very rewarding feeling. Although I finally got to where I want to be, there is more work that has to be put in now more than ever.”
It’s been a hectic 2017 for Kapp, who had been recovering from a superior labrum and anterior posterior (SLAP) tear in his shoulder.
“The last six months have been a whirlwind,” he said. “Having surgery in the offseason, rehab has been part of my daily routine for quite sometime. It was great to be drafted by Atlanta but the fit wasn’t right when I finally came back from my rehab. I finished my MBA during this time while training back at Creighton where I was just waiting for a phone call from my agent to be able to go on trial with a team that needed a goalkeeper. Luckily enough for me, the call came from Minnesota to go on trial and I haven’t looked back since.”
The 6-foot, 190-pounder starred at Boston College from 2012-2015 and played at Creighton University while pursuing his master’s degree in 2016. He was named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year and selected to the NSCAA NCAA Division 1 All-American third team at Creighton.
The Minnesota United Loons play in the Western Conference of the MLS and have a 6-13-4 record as of Monday, Aug. 14.
Kapp, who was formerly a member of the United States Under-17 national team, is excited to play for the Loons, who are coached by Adrian Heath.
“The fit here is great,” said Kapp, whose father Erhardt played for the 1984 U.S. men’s soccer Olympic team and competed professionally from 1981-1990. “Being a new team this year in the MLS allows for me to be part of history during our inaugural season. It’s amazing to know that my whole soccer career all started right here in Somers.”