Lansing Common starts the opening season with two home games
Lansing Common will play its first two games at home – a friendly and a week later the first Midwest Premier League game.
Lansing Common will play an exhibition game against Fort Wayne Sports Club on May 15th at 6:00 p.m. and its regular season opener against West Michigan Bearings on May 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
Both games and all home games are played at Eastern High School.
LCFC will play 14 home and away games in the regular season against the seven other teams in the East Division – all based in Michigan: Grand Rapids in Bosnia and Herzegovina, U23 from Detroit City FC, Inter Detroit, FC Livonia City, LK St. Clair, Michigan Stars FC U23 and West Michigan Bearings.
Another highlight on the home table is a league game on July 4th against the Detroit City U23s. The Lansing Lugnuts and Lansing United had great success attending this holiday and LCFC is hoping for the same.
“We thought Lansing United was pretty well attended on July 4th in the past,” President Eric Walcott said on a Twitch live stream. “Our goal is to have a home game that day and make it a big event, and Detroit City will bring the biggest crowd away.”
The away game against Detroit City will take place on July 18th.
There will be no postseason against the West Division teams, which means that the team at the top of the East standings will be the champion after the regular season final against Livonia City FC on July 31st.
Another highlight of the schedule is a previously announced double header with the women’s amateur team, Lansing United, on June 6th. You’ll play the Twinbill at Eastern, with United playing the Chicago Kics in a league game at 2pm and Lansing Common then playing the Grand Haven Admirals in a friendly.
The team will play four friendly matches, including away games at Kalamazoo FC on May 30th and Fort Wayne FC on July 1st. Fort Wayne is owned by longtime US men’s international DeMarcus Beasley.
“I’m looking forward to the first game, the last game and everything in between,” said coach Josh Oakley. “The league portion of our schedule will give us the opportunity to set a marker for the years to come. A couple of years ago I was at MSU for a prospect camp and as I walked out I looked up to see a quote from George Perles over the door that read, “They all count one.” We look forward to every single one this summer. “
Lansing Common had been busy filling out his roster for the past seven weeks. The club announced their first four players on February 16 – goalkeeper Zac Kelly, midfielder Leutrim Shefkiu and strikers Lirim Shefkiu and Julian Birge.
Since then, the club have announced 13 more players to bring the roster to 17. These players are:
- Ty Usiak, striker, Western Michigan (Okemos)
- Josh Rosendale, Forward, Olivet College (Holt)
- Patrick Restum, Goalkeeper, West Washington (Okemos)
- Esteban Russell, striker, formerly of Lansing United, Western Michigan (DeWitt)
- Alejandro Arana, midfielder, Detroit Mercy (Okemos)
- Munir Sherali, Midfielder, Eastern Illinois (Haslett)
- Josh Adam, Defense Attorney, Michigan State (Brighton)
- Shady Omar, Forward, Eastern Illinois (Haslett)
- Daniel Silva, midfielder, no college (Saginaw Heritage)
- Marco Bernardini, defender, formerly Lansing United, Spring Arbor (Livonia Stevenson)
- Alex Scott, Defense Attorney, Northern Michigan (Williamston)
- Josh Fines, Defender, formerly Spring Arbor (Farnborough, England)
- Noah Canlas, midfielder, formerly Alma College (Naperville Central, Illinois)
The team currently has two former Lansing United men in Russell and Bernardini.
The club’s focus on local products continues as 12 of the 17 players grew up or played high school soccer in Greater Lansing and another (Adam) will be playing in Michigan this fall. Adam is the second future Spartan on the team and joins Kelly.
The LSJ Dream Team made a number of new signings in its high school career, including Usiak (2017, 2018, 2019), Restum (2017), Arana (2019), Omar (2014) and Scott (2017).
Rosendale was an all-area pick in 2016.
Shekfiu’s brothers and fines currently or previously played for Oakley at Spring Arbor, and Birge and Canlas played under him at Alma College.
Silva was signed after the club’s first open test earlier this year.
Walcott said they are targeting a list of 25 players.
I’ll call Eastern High School at home
The club reached an agreement with the Lansing Schools earlier this month to hold its drills and home games at Eastern High School.
“This is a big step for our club,” said Walcott. “Being able to play in such a great new facility in the heart of the city is such an important part of what we’re trying to do on and off the field.”
Eastern’s turf field and stadium are relatively new. The construction work was completed in summer 2019. The grandstands can accommodate 1,500 spectators, but provide enough space for fans to stand around the fence. Michigan’s current health regulations state that outdoor venues can only be 20% busy, but that number is expected to change by May 15.
Lansing Common 2021 schedule
Date opponent time
May 15, Fort Wayne Sports Club 6 p.m. (friendly)
May 22, West Michigan Bearings 6 p.m.
May 28 in Inter Detroit 6 p.m.
May 30th at Kalamazoo FC 5:30 p.m.
June 6th Grand Haven Admirals 4:30 p.m. (friendly)
June 13, Inter Detroit 4 p.m.
June 18th at Michigan Stars U23 7pm
June 20th at Livonia City FC 8pm
June 26th BiH Grand Rapids 6pm
July 1st at Fort Wayne FC 7pm (friendly)
July 4th Detroit City U23s 2pm
July 7th at West Michigan Bearings 7pm
July 11th in LK St. Clair 4 p.m.
July 16 in BiH Grand Rapids 7pm
July 18 in Detroit City U23s 1pm
July 23, Michigan Stars U23s 7pm
July 25th LK St. Clair 4 p.m.
July 31, Livonia City FC 6pm
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