BRIGHTON, Mich. – Lansing Ignite FC held its second open tryout of the year at the Legacy Center in Brighton, Michigan, on Sunday night, with another approximately 50 professional soccer hopefuls taking part.
Head Coach Nate Miller and assistant coaches Joel DeLass and Tim Daniels were on hand to watch and evaluate the players as they competed in full-field matches for nearly two hours.
"We were able to identify a few players here who have a lot of ability," LIFC Head Coach Nate Miller said following the tryout, "and so we'll meet and see where we are at with our roster and go from there."
Sunday's tryout was the last one for the team ahead of the 2019 season. Currently, LIFC has signed a total of 15 players ahead of the upcoming League One season, including Xavier Gomez, Rafa Mentzingen, Christian Silva, Kyle Carr, Nathan Lewis, Steeve Saint-Duc, Kyle Ihn, Rhys Williams, Kevin Coiffic, Omar Castro, Brandon Fricke, Pato Botello Faz, Grant Stoneman, Nick Moon and Lewis Jones. Additional player signings are set to be revealed in the coming weeks.
LIFC players will report to Lansing for physicals and training on Feb. 18 and will kick off its preseason schedule with a match against the USL Championship's Indy Eleven on Feb. 27. The team begins its USL League One campaign against the Richmond Kickers in Richmond, Virginia, on March 30 and against Greenville Triumph SC in Greenville, South Carolina, on April 6. The team will then return home to prepare for its week-long, home-opening celebration. 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, 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. For more information on Ignite FC, follow the team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.