FARIBAULT, MINN. - On Friday, Jan. 11, former Shattuck-St. Mary’s Soccer Center of Excellence member Akeem Ward ‘14 got a great start to the new year as he was selected 14th overall by D.C. United in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Ward, who attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s for four years, will join D.C. United after spending three seasons of his collegiate career at Creighton University. In his time with Bluejays, Ward recorded two goals and six assists in 47 games. In his final season, he earned a USC First Team All-East Region selection and was named First Team All-Big East Conference.
Prior to his time with the Creighton, Ward spent his first collegiate season at Hastings College where he scored two goals and five assists.
“I can remember when Akeem arrived to participate in our Christmas camp eight years ago. He actually accompanied a potential recruit. However, it did not take the coaching staff very long to realize how much we wanted Akeem to attend Shattuck-St. Mary's School. During his time at SSM, he was the hardest worker and played many positions, always putting the team first. During his first year at SSM, he missed the spring season because of an injury. However, he worked extremely hard to get fit again and always supported his teammates during this time. He had an excellent college career and it was no surprise to see Akeem drafted in the first round. He is an example to all our players that hard work and putting your team first, can translate to realizing your dreams. The SSM community wishes Akeem every success in the future,” said Ward’s former coach, Bob Moullin.