GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Alex Kapp continues to follow in his father’s footsteps.
The son of former Cosmos defender Erhardt Kapp has signed with Minnesota United FC after he was claimed off waivers.
The former United States Under-17 national team member arrives to the Loons after impressing while training with the club over past several weeks.
“I am excited and honored for the opportunity to start my career at Minnesota United,” Kapp said in a statement. “Training here, the last couple of weeks have been great – getting to know the coaching staff as well as my teammates has helped make the transition as seamless as possible. Being involved in a club during its inaugural season from the very beginning is a special opportunity and I’m excited to help the team in every way I can.”
Alex Kapp was selected 68th overall by Atlanta United FC in the fourth round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
He featured for Boston College from 2012-15, playing 1,435 of a possible 1,525 minutes in his junior year and ranking fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in saves per game (3.67) – and Creighton University as a graduate student in 2016, where he was named Big East goalkeeper of the year and selected to the NCAA Division I All-American third team. He played in 62 collegiate matches and made more than 200 saves during his time in the ACC and Big East.
Erhardt Kapp, who performed for Blau-Weiss Gottschee in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League, played for the Cosmos in the original incarnation of the North American Soccer League from 1981-83. He also was a member of the Cosmos, Pittsburgh Spirit and Los Angeles Lazers indoor teams through 1988.
The elder Kapp also made five appearances with the U.S. international team, scoring once.