February 1, 2017
Flames men's team takes on three transfers
The defending Horizon League champion UIC Flames men’s team added three transfers with Chicago connections Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Sawyer Jackman, midfielder Jesus Perez and midfielder/forward Ricardo Vega will join the Flames next season.
Jackman had 9-1-1 record as Florida Gulf Coast advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament last year.
"With the departure of 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick Andrew Putna, it was important to add proven collegiate experience to a young and talented returning goalkeeping core,” UIC coach Sean Phillips said. “Sawyer ticks those boxes and will provide great competition to the existing quality of the most important position on the field.”
Perez, a freshman, moved from Akron University.
"Jesus is a player that was on the radar of most Division I schools in the country as a youth player, and we are thrilled that he has chosen to continue his collegiate career with us this semester," Phillips said. "His vision, passing and speed of play will help us immediately as we look to build on last year's success.
"We recognized Ricardo's talents during his high school career and are happy that he is on campus now after two solid seasons at Prairie State College. He is a technically gifted and pacey player who is comfortable wide across all three lines as well as through the middle in the attack, and his versatility will be very important for us this semester and going into his last two years.”