LANSING, Mich. – Following a strong showing against Davenport University and an intense week of training, Lansing Ignite FC will kick off against Western Michigan University's men's soccer program at 12 p.m. ET from the Legacy Center in Brighton, Michigan, on Friday. The match is free to attend.
A number trialists are still competing for a few remaining spots on the team, as Head Coach Nate Miller continues to evaluate the players and make selections ahead of the inaugural USL League One regular season. LIFC will unveil its final additions to the roster for the 2019 campaign in the coming weeks.
The League One regular season will start for LIFC in Richmond, Virginia, as the team faces off against the Richmond Kickers on March 30. The team will then travel to Greenville, South Carolina, to play Greenville Triumph SC on April 6 before returning home. LIFC will hold a celebration in downtown Lansing ahead of the team’s first League One match at Cooley Law School Stadium against the Kickers on April 13 (BUY TICKETS), and the celebration of soccer in the Michigan capital will continue three days later when LIFC faces off against the Michigan State Spartans in the Capital Cup (BUY TICKETS), presented by Sparrow.
"Western Michigan is really physical, determined, organized - a team that will make things difficult for you," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said. "They'll keep it tight, they're not afraid of a challenge. They can be a pretty direct team, so knowing how to face a lot of long balls. That's a lot of things we'll see in the USL."
Led by Head Coach Chad Wiseman, Western Michigan University's men's soccer team has become a nationally ranked program in the past few years. The Broncos won their first ever MAC regular season championship in 2017, finishing the season ranked No. 9 in the nation and producing the school’s first All-Americans, as well as two MLS SuperDraft picks. In 2018, the Broncos finished the season 11-6-3, reaching the MAC championship before falling to Akron University.
Friday's meeting will be the first between both sides.
LIFC is 2-1-0 this preseason, topping Indy Eleven 2-1 on Feb. 27, falling to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 2-0 on March 3 and defeating Davenport University 7-0 on March 8.
Selso Saint-Duc and Pato Botello-Faz are tied with the most goals on the team this preseason – each scoring two goals.