EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head men’s soccer coach Damon Rensing announced Friday, Jan. 27 that defender John Freitag will transfer to MSU and will be eligible to play two seasons with the Spartans.
“Here at Michigan State, we don’t have a huge history of transfers. Every once in a while we have a Zach Carroll, Luke Norman and Ben Myers, but that is over the last five years,” Rensing said. “One of the things that is important to us is that they match our culture. They have high character, and that they fit within the chemistry of our team. We certainly think that John has those qualities.”
A native of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Freitag has spent his last two seasons at DePaul University where he played under the direction of head coach Craig Blazer, primarily as a defender.
Freitag played and started in all 19 games during the recent 2016 campaign as DePaul finished the year with an overall record of 9-7-3 and a Big East Conference mark of 4-5-0. Freitag excelled and spent the majority of his time on the backline where he still netted one goal and recorded three assists to tally five points for the Blue Demons.
“John has two years of collegiate experience, playing in the Big East which is a very good conference, so those things are positives that he can bring to the table,” Rensing said. “He has played in big games against the Creightons and the Butlers. He has a lot of versatility playing holding mid; he’s played center back and right back. He can contribute from multiple positions.”
In the 2015 season, Freitag played and started in all 19 games for DePaul. In his rookie season he totaled three goals and one assist. He registered nine shots, five of which are on goal and he finished the season with 1,653 minutes played.
Michigan State ended the season with a 13-5-2 record, including remaining unbeaten at DeMartin Stadium with a 9-0-2 mark at home. MSU also had a 4-3-1 record in Big Ten Conference play. The Spartans concluded their 2016 season falling to SIU Edwardsville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament hosted at DeMartin Stadium. SIU Edwardsville advanced on penalty kicks, 9-8, after the team’s battled to a 1-1 tie through 110 minutes.
MSU is now preparing for signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 1, where MSU prepares to sign six future Spartans.