Men’s football adds three transfers to spring roster

Bronx, NY – (January 25, 2022) – Fordham Head Coach Carlo Acquista announced the addition of three transfers, as Daniel Espeleta (Athens, GA/Apex Learning (Creighton)), Jackson Soules (New York, NY/NYC Lab (Ohio State)and Paolo Primavera (Rockville Center, NY/Chaminade (Colombia)) will join the Rams this spring.

“We are thrilled to add three mid-year offensive players to our roster,” Acquista said. “It’s important to keep our local talented players in the Bronx, and Jackson and Paolo fit that profile, while Daniel brings a wealth of NCAA experience competing in the Big East over the past four years.”

Espeleta is a graduate transfer from Creighton, who helped the Bluejays in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last fall. A 5-9 midfielder, he appeared in 62 games, starting 39 and registering five goals and three assists. He also earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District VII team in each of the last three seasons while majoring in neuroscience. Prior to Creighton, he attended the Costa Rican U17 national team camp and played for Uruguay FC in Costa Rica.

Soules, a 6-1 midfielder/forward, attended Ohio State last year, after serving on the varsity football team for four years at NYC Lab High School in New York City. A two-year captain for NYC Lab, he finished as the school’s assists chief and was the team’s MVP as a senior. For the club, he was part of the Manhattan Soccer Club, helping them win three State Cup championships, while also being selected four times by the NYS ODP. In the classroom, Soules was the recipient of the NYC Public Advocate Award.

Primavera, a 5-9 forward, attended Columbia last fall and joined his brother, Nicolino, at Fordham. Prior to Columbia, he played four seasons at the Academy Soccer and was TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 player for his last two seasons in 2020 and 2021. He was also a nationally ranked scorer in the USSDA, finishing seventh in 2019 and 10and the previous year. For the club, he was also part of the Manhattan Soccer Club, while in class, Primavera was a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Honor Character Award.

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