Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids Football Club announced this morning the signing of Winger TJ Ifaturoti for the 2019 National Premier Soccer League Season.
Ifaturoti, a native of Lagos Nigeria, joins GRFC after playing four years at Davenport University. He appeared in 94 games for the Panthers, scoring 53 goals and registering 23 assists. He was also a part of the 2014 National Championship squad, and garnered NAIA First Team All-American and WHAC Offensive Player of the Year accolades.
The pacey attacking option also has experience in the PDL with De Moines Menace (2016), Southern California Seahorses (2017) and Lansing United (2018). During his time with Lansing last summer, he was a part of the squad that knocked GRFC out of the Milk Cup and went on to help United win the competition.
“After speaking with coach Robinson, I’m excited to sign with GRFC” said Ifaturoti. “It feels good to finally be home for the summer and to play for a city I love and play in front of such great fans. I have played against GRFC before and also had the opportunity to play with the club in the international friendly last year and I love the atmosphere at games. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the team and contribute to the success of the club.”
GRFC Head Coach Lewis Robinson commented “We are really excited to have TJ with us. We saw last year playing against him or when he played with us in the exhibition game that he fits our style of play perfectly and will bring a lot of attacking excitement to our team this year. TJ shares our passion to win here in Grand Rapids as a local player and we can wait to get to work with him in May.”
GRFC will return to Houseman Field on Saturday, May 4th as the Boys in Blue host Livonia City at 7:30pm. Additional home dates include May 11th, May 18th, May 31st, June 9th, June 16th, June 28th, June 30th, and July 13th. The club will also compete in the Michigan Milk Cup and the US Amateur Cup with competition dates being announced at a later time.
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