Lansing Ignite Signs Christian Silva

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Lansing Ignite has signed former USL and Sweden Midfielder, Christian Silva, as its second player for the inaugural season. Silva will join Lansing Ignite, founding member of the USL League One, pending league and federation approval.

Having most recently played for the Jacksonville Armada FC, Silva brings his experience to Lansing from the USL and Sweden. The 29-year-old played college soccer at the University of Tampa and University of South Florida before appearing in USL PDL side Ocala Stampede and USL Pro club VSI Tampa Bay FC. In 2014 Silva moved to the Swedish side Karlstad BK where he notched two goals in 12 matches.

“I am honored to continue my career with Lansing Ignite,” said Christian Silva. “After speaking with Coach Nate and Jeremy I knew right away that I had to become part of this organization as I was immediately drawn to the infectious passion and style of play that will come to define the Ignite. To be part of an organization from the very beginning is a massive honor and responsibility I am beyond excited to grab with both hands. Counting down the days to get out in front of The Assembly Line and the city of Lansing and leave it all out on the field for them.”

In March 2015, Silva moved back to the states to play with the Rochester Rhinos, and in January of the following year he moved to Orange County Blues FC before being transferred to Arizona United.

“I’m really excited about Christian as his skill set and player profile fits our model of play perfectly,” said Head Coach Nate Miller. “He is a USL veteran that I believe can have a real positive impact on his teammates. His passion about the project here was obvious to me and I’m excited to see what he accomplishes in Lansing. He is a great passer and has an excellent understanding of space and tactical awareness. His personality is also contagious and will bring a great energy to our club.”

Silva is the second player to sign with Lansing Ignite, following the announcement of Xavier Gomez. The team will begin practice in February 2019 with their first match date to be announced soon. Additional player signings will take place over the coming weeks with announcements to follow.