Lansing Ignite FC announced on Monday the addition of forward Alex Bruce for the 2019 season. The 20-year-old talent joins LIFC on loan from the USL Championship’s San Antonio FC, pending league and federation approval.
In 2018, Bruce appeared in 13 regular-season matches for San Antonio, recording eight starts. He scored three goals and recorded a 72.7 percent passing accuracy in USL Championship matches.
Also new to the team is former Lansing United, Charlotte Eagles and Olivet Nazarene University midfielder Tumi Moshobane.
A talented youth player from Soweto, South Africa, Moshobane was a member of the youth system of Kaizer Chiefs FC – based in Johannesburg and one of the most successful clubs in South Africa – before moving to the United States.
Grant Stoneman and Omar Castro joined the team earlier this year, as did Assistant Coaches Joel DeLass and Tim Daniels and Goalkeeping Coach Wail Zenga.
Another recent major announcement: the United Soccer League and ESPN have reached a landmark agreement that will continue the multi-level growth of professional soccer in the U.S. and bring every game of USL League One’s inaugural 2019 season to ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service.
Lansing Ignite FC is one of 10 teams competing in USL League One, which is the new United States Soccer Federation-sanctioned Division III league. The team's regular season kicks off against the Richmond Kickers in Richmond, Virginia, on March 30 and concludes against Forward Madison FC at Cooley Law School Stadium on Oct. 5.
“This is a big moment for League One,” said League One Senior Vice President Steven Short. “Placing the league side-by-side with some of the best professional soccer in North America and the rest of the world on ESPN+ will create major visibility to League One’s inaugural season. It will allow us to showcase the best of what this league will have to offer for fans across the United States.”