Gabe wears No. 24 for the Menace.
Every week we spotlight Menace players in our “7 Facts” series. Make sure you’re paying attention – there’s an “alternative fact” in each story.
Gabe Christianson is a first-year Menace player, but he’s no stranger to Des Moines. Here’s what you need to know about the midfielder:
1. Focusing more on club soccer in high school, he only played one season at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, and he was the 2011 Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior.
2. Gabe played with the Iowa Soccer Olympic Development Program for most of his high school career. The team won three regional championships and the 2011 National Championship over California-South 4-1. The Iowa squad also included Menace midfielder Mueng Sunday.
3. Ranking No. 48 (nationally) and No. 1 (Heartland Region) in high school according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Gabe committed to Northern Illinois University for his freshman year.
4. After his 2011 freshman season at NIU, he transferred to his current school, Creighton.
5. While playing for the Springfield Synergy FC in the 2014 PDL season, Gabe suffered a tibia-fibula fracture while playing the St. Louis Lions. Because of this, he did not compete in 2014 and 2015.
6. After recovering from his injury, he scored his first goal since 2013 – a header off of a corner kick – in a 3-2 road win against Ohio State on Sept. 28, 2016.
7. Gabe’s brother, Garet, played for the Menace in 2015 and 2016. His oldest brother, Ian, is a former MLS midfielder.
Did you catch this week’s alternative fact? That’s right, it was number 3… Gabe transferred to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, not Creighton. He will graduate this December from SIUE.
Thanks for your support of Gabe and the Menace!
Story posted on Tuesday, June 13.
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