Meet The Supporters: Travis Faber
February 21, 2019
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?
Travis Faber: My love for soccer came from the very first game I watched. The 1999 Women’s World Cup Final. I remember going nuts as Chastain made that game winning PK, and the rest is history. My teams are AS Roma and USWNT. I mainly focus on Serie A, but if I had to pick a Premier League team, it would be ManU.
WS: You were a big DCFC fan before. What made you decide to make Ignite your team going forward? Considering they are in totally different leagues, do you still intend to support them?
TF: DC was one of my first local (Michigan) teams I saw live. The experience and game-day sucked me in. When I moved to Lansing 3 years ago, my love for DC was pretty well set in. With the announcement of the Ignite last year, I knew I was going to have a decision to make. Lansing has become my home, and I think a soccer team at this level is really going to springboard the community. I see this team making a difference, and I want to be a part of that family. As good as DC has been to me as a fan, the Ignite is not only going to provide an incomparable experience, but a game day environment that will promote the game, the team and the community. With DC and LIFC being in separate leagues/tiers, I can’t say I won’t attend a few DC games. The city’s loyal and faithful community to any sport is absolutely worthy of respect. And as the “World’s Sport”, we all know soccer tends to fall short, generally, of the overall public eye here in the States. And any local level, semi-pro, and professional team that can further the love for the game, is a win for all of us.
WS: What is your favorite live soccer moment ever?
TF: This is an easy one. 2017. AS Roma v. Lazio at Stadio Olympico in Rome. Not only did my wife accidentally get us tickets to the Roma Derby, it also happened to be the semi finals of the Coppa Italia. Roma got the win, but lost on agg. But my favorite moment came halfway through the second half. The crowd absolutely losing their mind as Francesco Totti gets subbed in. My favorite player, for my favorite team. Which ended up being his last season before retiring. Unbeatable for me.
WS: What are you most looking forward to about the Ignite season coming up?
TF: I’m mostly excited to see how the community comes together to support the team. It’s something totally different for the city, at least at this level. When Lansing gets behind something, they go 100%, and I don’t see this being any different.
WS: You are going to be on the board for the supporters this year. What do you really want to see from this group more than anything this year?
TF: I’d really like to see a growing following, both at games and within the community. I want people to see us at games and marching and think “I wonder what this group is all about.” or “I want to stand in that section next game”. Also, to get the community involved through non-game day events; fundraisers, community outreach, etc.
WS: What are your main hobbies outside of soccer?
TF: Aside from soccer, I’m a huge golf and hockey fan. I play golf as much as I can throughout the summer, as well as try to attend any professional events that are somewhat nearby. I’m also a musician, keeping me busy every other week or so playing shows.
WS: Tell me something that you love about the Lansing area.
TF: I think my favorite thing about Lansing is how intense community support is. Whether it’s a local band at the Loft, a march on the Capitol lawn, or a Sunday matinee Lugnuts game, Lansing always shows up. This city has brought my wife and I so much joy and opportunity in the three short years we’ve lived here. Lansing not only brings people together, it builds them up.
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