LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Lansing Ignite FC and Michigan State University Athletics have jointly announced today the formation of the Capital Cup. The Capital Cup will be an annual competition between the USL League One club and the Spartans, with the inaugural match set to kick off at 7 p.m. ET from Cooley Law School Stadium on April 16.
The Capital Cup is included as a part of LIFC season tickets, while single-game tickets for the match will be made available starting in March.
“We are thrilled to be playing Michigan State for the next three years and potentially beyond at Cooley Law School Stadium,” said LIFC Vice President and General Manager Jeremy Sampson. “There is no better way to celebrate soccer in this community than a match between the only professional team in Michigan and one of the best collegiate programs in the country year in and year out.”
Set to kick off its first season as a professional club in League One, LIFC will be led by Head Coach Nate Miller and assistant coaches Joel DeLass, Tim Daniels and Wail Zenga. The team’s roster will be comprised of more than 20 players, featuring numerous talented athletes, such as Xavier Gomez, Rafa Mentzingen, Kevin Coiffic and Christian Silva.
Michigan State’s men’s soccer team is led by Head Coach Damon Rensing and is coming off one of its best seasons in program history, finishing the year with a 14-5-4 overall record while reaching the 2018 College Cup. The Spartans have produced numerous talented players now playing professionally in the United States and around the world, including Fatai Alashe, Jay Chapman and Ken Krolicki.
“MSU soccer is really excited to start a great relationship with Lansing Ignite, and I can’t think of a better way than the Capital Cup at Cooley Law School Stadium,” Rensing said. “The greater Lansing area has a very strong soccer community and the combination of MSU soccer and the Ignite will serve that community almost year-round. I have seen the success of the Crosstown Showdown with our baseball team and the Lugnuts and hope that the Capital Cup will have a similar atmosphere. It should be a great game.”