Experienced goalkeeper has spent valuable time in USL Championship and MLS Next Pro
PAPILLION, Neb. (March 14, 2023) – Union Omaha announced today the signing of Ian McGrane, pending league and federation approval. McGrane’s signing adds another pair of experienced hands to Omaha’s goalkeeping arsenal ahead of the 2023 season.
McGrane comes to Omaha after one season with St. Louis City 2, appearing in seven matches and helping the squad to a Western Conference title and MLS Next Pro Runner-Up finish in its inaugural year. Before that, he spent two seasons with the back-to-back USL Championship Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Rowdies. McGrane began his collegiate career in 2014 at Monroe College before moving on to the University of South Carolina. In his senior season with the Gamecocks, McGrane accumulated a .761 save percentage and 1.07 goals against average, good for third and fourth in Conference USA, respectively.
“Ian is an experienced goalkeeper that’s proven to be a great professional,” Union Omaha Head Coach Dominic Casciato said. “He is still young for a goalkeeper and joins us from a successful St. Louis City 2 team, where he played important minutes last year for John Hackworth. He’s a great locker room guy and will help develop our team culture, so I’m looking forward to him strengthening our group on and off the field.”
“Ian is a quality keeper and a good pro,” Union Omaha General Manager Peter Marlette said. “We improve immediately with him on our roster.”
“I’m excited for the opportunity to play for Union Omaha and to get to build on what last year’s squad has accomplished,” McGrane said.
Phonetic pronunciation of name: [EE-ANN MICK-GRANE]
Weight: 205 lbs.
Date of birth: 11/22/1995
Born: Kingston, Pennsylvania
Previous Club: St. Louis City 2 (MLS Next Pro)
Single-match tickets and season ticket memberships for the 2023 season are currently available via UnionOmaha.com or through the Werner Park Ticket Office by calling 402-738-5100.
ABOUT UNION OMAHA
Union Omaha, the 2021 USL League One Champions, is the only professional soccer team in the state of Nebraska. USL League One is a United States Soccer Federation-sanctioned professional men’s soccer league that occupies the third tier of the American soccer landscape, below USL Championship (tier two) and Major League Soccer (tier one). Union Omaha plays its home matches at Werner Park in Sarpy County, also home to the Omaha Storm Chasers of Minor League Baseball. The team is led by General Manager Peter Marlette in the front office and Head Coach Dominic Casciato on the field.