Meet The Supporters: Patrick Jacobs

This is part of our weekly series where we meet some of the people who will be joining the Assembly Line this year. Keep an eye out every Wednesday for a new segment! Please reach out to Westen on Twitter if you are interested in taking part in this. 

Westen Shelton: When did you start watching soccer, and what teams do you support?

Patrick Jacobs: I been watching soccer for a long time but I didn’t really get into soccer and everything about it since 2010 when I started playing for the fun of it in my college Christian outreach group, and also was apart of watch parties during the 2010 South Africa World Cup. For teams I’ve always been a Bayern Munich fan mostly because I got to visit Germany back in 2005 and got to watch a friendly match between the US and Germany on tv. I’m also a fan of the smaller underdog teams because you never know what they can do.

WS: What is your favorite live soccer moment ever?

PJ: My favorite live soccer moments has to be the insane Milk Cup semi-final between GRFC vs Lansing United in 2018 and the wild penalty shootout that happened. It was one of the first major games where I got to stand and be apart of the Ransom and where I really loved being in a supporters group. The other favorite moments were the milkcup final against Ann Arbor where Lansing still won even with nine guys at the end of the game and also the awesome Elite 8 game between MSU and James Madison.

WS: Being one of our members who was in the Ransom, can you tell me a little about why you decided to join the Assembly Line? There are several who have decided not to support the Ignite from the group.

PJ: This is a really hard one. Originally, I had no intention of supporting the Ignite because I felt hurt that Lansing United wasn’t going to be the team that was going to the new league. For the longest time, I just couldn’t get over the branding and everything, but then, after some time ,I noticed others from the Ransom that are looking at the team and supporting it and what Jeremy did. After some time, I decided myself that I should give Jeremy Sampson and the Ignite a chance and I wanted to be a part of the supporters group which is when I decided to get season tickets. After going to the announcement of head coach Nate Miller, I felt very comfortable with the Ignite and felt things would be moving into a positive direction. I had to give Jeremy a chance and so far I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Will I miss there not being a Lansing United men’s team? Of course I will, and I’ll still wear all my Lansing United gear and attend the women’s games. For me I’m supporting soccer as a whole at every level of the game. For those still on the fence, please do what I did. Give it some thought, I know it hurts that the LanU men’s team is gone but when you look at the Ignite, you can see a strong Lan U core and it makes me look forward to being in the Assembly Line and cheering as loud as I can for the Ignite.

WS: What are you most looking forward to about the Ignite season coming up?

PJ: The biggest thing I am looking forward to for this upcoming season with the Ignite are just getting to watch the first professional soccer team in Michigan and getting to be with a great group of fans in our supporters group and getting to go to the games with my girlfriend and her family. Watching her nephews and niece watch the Ignite play and cheer them on and see them become future Assembly Line supporters will be very awesome!

WS: What would the ideal Lansing specific soccer culture look like to you?

PJ: The ideal specific soccer culture for me is that, we may cheer or play for other soccer clubs and teams at the youth level whether that would be Grand Ledge, DeWitt, Portland, East Lansing, and so on to cheering on college teams such as Grand Valley or Michigan State or Michigan. But we all come together and cheer on our Lansing Ignite as one voice.

WS: What are your main hobbies outside of soccer?

PJ: I’ve always been an avid bowler and it was the main sport I played when I was little all the through high school and even got to bowl at the collegiate for Lansing Community College. Beside that I love playing video games but I also enjoy spending time with my family and my girlfriend and her family as well

WS: Tell me something you love about the Lansing area.

PJ: There’s always something to do in Lansing. Even if you think you found everything to do that’s usually never the case and you always find something new. Whether it’s going to watch the Lugnuts play a game or going out to MSU or just going to many of the different bars in town. There’s always something fun to find and do in Lansing

WS: What would you tell anyone who is interested in joining the Assembly Line?

PJ: That’s easy just come and spend some time with us either at Lansing Brewery Company during our watch parties for the away games or even during our match day parties before the game and just meet everyone and see that we are all there to enjoy being together as a supporters group or come over and talk to any of us during the games. We all may come from different areas of Lansing and the surrounding areas, but we are all there to cheer on our Ignite and love the sport of soccer as one mighty group.

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