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Omaha sign four-time All-Big East selection Brandon Knapp to first pro deal

By Staff, 02/27/24, 11:45AM EST


St. John's star totaled 21 goal contributions across five-year, 81-match collegiate career

St. John's star totaled 21 goal contributions across five-year, 81-match collegiate career | Image Credit: St. John's University Athletics

PAPILLION, Neb. – Union Omaha today announced the signing of Brandon Knapp, pending league and federation approval. Coming off a success-laden collegiate career at St. John's University, the 23-year-old signs his first professional deal with the club. 

A native of Abingdon, Md., Knapp spent five seasons with the Queens-based college as he pursued both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He played over 7,000 minutes for the Red Storm and contributed 21 direct goal involvements, proving a reliable and regular starter throughout. Knapp captained his team in four consecutive campaigns. 

Knapp's first spell captaining the St. John's side came in just his second season – as a sophomore in 2019. His senior season in 2021 was his most impactful, after which he was named First Team All-Big East, United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Third Team and United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region Second Team. Knapp scored four match-winning goals that season as he led the Red Storm's march to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2022, he was given the St. John's Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor by the Big East Conference, earning a scholarship toward his graduate degree. 

"Brandon is a player that has excelled under Dave Masur's leadership at St. John's University," said Omaha Head Coach Dominic Casciato. "He's a robust and dynamic player that can fill a number of different positions, so we are looking forward to him joining our squad as we look to strengthen the team ahead of the start of the season."

"I'm very happy to be playing with Union Omaha this year," said Knapp. "I'm looking forward to the start of the season with a great group of teammates and our great fanbase."

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