USL League One welcomed Lansing Ignite FC on Thursday as a founding member of the new professional league, which will kick off play in 2019. Led by Majority Owner Tom Dickson, President Nick Grueser and Vice President and General Manager Jeremy Sampson, the club becomes the only professional outdoor soccer team in Michigan.
"We are very pleased to welcome Lansing Ignite FC to the USL family," said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. "This is a club whose tremendous ownership group, led by Tom Dickson, is deeply dedicated to growing the sport of soccer and representing its community with pride and authenticity. As one of the founding members of USL League One, the future is very bright for soccer fans across the region."
Lansing Ignite FC will now be the ninth founding member of USL League One kicking off in 2019. Joining Lansing Ignite FC are Tormenta FC, Greenville Triumph SC, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, FC Tuscon, Madison (named to still be announced), Toronto FC II, Richmond Kickers, as well as our very own Orlando City B. Rochester Rhinos and Penn FC will join the league in 2020 as the tenth and eleventh teams.