For the second time in as many years, the Loyola men’s soccer team has a player headed to the Chicago Fire.
Redshirt senior defender Grant Stoneman, a native of western suburb St. Charles, was selected 55th overall in the third round of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft, it was announced Monday. This comes after an illustrious career for the Ramblers in which Stoneman picked up multiple honors including Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and two United Soccer Coaches first team All-West Region selection.
With the 55th overall pick in the @MLS #SuperDraft, the @ChicagoFire select our own, Grant Stoneman!— Loyola Men’s Soccer (@LoyolaSoccer) January 14, 2019
Stoneman marks the second time in as many years the Fire have selected a Rambler in the third round. #OnwardLU | #MVCSoccer pic.twitter.com/oyOusIglcz
“The entire Loyola Men’s Soccer program is very proud of Grant and we look forward to him continuing his playing career at the professional level,” Loyola head coach Neil Jones said in a statement. “The Chicago Fire is a great organization, and clearly have done an excellent job of not only bringing up top players through their academy system, but scouting local college players as well. Now the hard work truly begins for Grant, and we wish him nothing but the best.”
Stoneman’s former teammate at Loyola, Elliot Collier, was selected by the Fire in last year’s MLS SuperDraft. The Fire, who play at SeatGeek Stadium in southern suburb Bridgeview, finished the 2018 season in 10th place of 11 teams in the MLS Eastern Conference, and finished with an 8-18-8 record.
Their season is scheduled to begin March 2 against the Los Angeles Galaxy in Los Angeles.
Last week, former Loyola women’s soccer player Jenna Szczesny was selected by the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft, The Phoenix reported, meaning players from both Loyola soccer programs were taken in their respective professional drafts.