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Meet The Team: Defender Grant Stoneman

Featured Image Photo Credit: Loyola Ramblers

This is part of our series where we reach out to Lansing Ignite players and coaches in an effort to get to know them before the season starts. Today we talk to Defender Grant Stoneman. He is a Lansing United veteran. He also played for the Michigan Bucks, Chicago FC United, and for Loyola University Chicago. 

Westen Shelton: What position do you play, and how would you describe the way you play? What do you think The Assembly Line will enjoy most about the way you play?

Grant Stoneman: I play centerback, with the possibility of right back. I would describe myself as a centerback that loves to defend but also likes to start the attack with possession from the back. I think they will love how passionate and hard I defend.


WS: It has been a few years since we you have played in Lansing. How would you say your game has evolved since then?

GS: I think that my game has changed in that I have solidified my position as a centerback and have finetuned certain attributes that a centerback needs.

Stoneman when he was with Lansing United (standing, third from the left)

WS: Can you tell me a little about your past relationship with Coach Nate, and what it means to be able to play for him again, as a pro this time?

GS: I have always liked Nate as a coach. He’s a players’ coach that likes to have a relationship with each one of his players. This creates a good team bond, and I think that’s huge to every aspect of the team. I can’t wait to get started.


WS: You were drafted by the Fire about a month ago. How did you find out that news and what was your reaction?

GS: I found out about the news at home with my parents. It was a surreal feeling, but in the back of my mind, I knew I would still have work to do.

Photo Credit: Loyola University Chicago

WS: I saw that you played with your brother at Loyola last year. What was it like balancing being a teammate and being a brother with him this past year?

GS: Having my brother at Loyola with me was amazing. We were able to bond and get closer. We both pushed each other on and off the field, and I want him to follow what I did but create his own path in college.


WS: What was your favorite moment you ever had on a soccer field?

GS: I think my favorite moment on a soccer filed was in 2016, when we won the first round of the NCAA tournament. There were so many fans there, and the support we got off the field from the school was unprecedented. It was nice to see all the hard work we had completed as a team paid off.


Previous “Meet The Team” Interviews…

MEET THE TEAM: DEFENDER BRANDON FRICKE

MEET THE TEAM: MIDFIELDER OMAR CASTRO

MEET THE TEAM: STRIKER PATO BOTELLO FAZ

MEET THE TEAM: DEFENDER KEVIN COIFFIC

MEET THE TEAM: GOALKEEPER KYLE IHN

MEET THE TEAM: DEFENDER RHYS WILLIAMS

MEET THE TEAM: ASSISTANT COACH JOEL DELASS

MEET THE TEAM: GOALKEEPER COACH WAEL ZENGA

MEET THE TEAM: ASSISTANT COACH TIM DANIELS

MEET THE TEAM: MIDFIELDER STEEVE SAINT-DUC

MEET THE TEAM: MIDFIELDER KYLE CARR

MEET THE TEAM: MIDFIELDER RAFA MENTZINGEN

MEET THE TEAM: MIDFIELDER XAVIER GOMEZ

MEET THE TEAM: MIDFIELDER CHRISTIAN SILVA

MEET THE TEAM: HEAD COACH NATE MILLER


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