LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Ignite FC announced on Thursday that the club has signed former Loyola University Chicago standout Grant Stoneman for the 2019 USL League One season, pending league and federation approval.
Stoneman excelled during his collegiate career with the Ramblers, earning First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors three times, while also featuring for USL League Two sides Lansing United, Chicago FC United and the Michigan Bucks.
“Grant is a player I have rated for a long time,” Lansing Head Coach Nate Miller said. “He has the exact qualities I look for in a center back – he is a brave player, is a gritty competitor and has the ability to lead the buildup phase. Grant has a great mindset and approach to competition, and I really look forward to him hitting the ground running and making an impact at the club.”
The 6-foot-1 defender scored seven goals and recorded one assist in 53 appearances at Loyola and was named Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 after a stellar senior season. This past summer, Stoneman played a major part in leading Chicago FC United to the League Two Central Conference title and the League Two North American Semifinals, making a total of 21 appearances for the club.
“It’s an honor to join Lansing Ignite and start my professional career,” Stoneman said. “I’m looking forward to working with Coach Miller to strengthen my game and am excited to join the Lansing community in February.”