In the past week and a half, Lansing United’s Alec Greene has started in two matches, done two local radio spots and, most of all, scored his first career goal on Sunday.
“This was my 15-minutes of fame,” Greene said with a laugh. But if he continues his strong play in Lansing, it’ll last a lot longer than that.
The Lansing native and Holt graduate has enjoyed a breakout season with United, taking full advantage of the opportunity to play for his hometown club for a third summer.
“I was born and raised in Lansing so it’s great to play for your city,” Greene said. “It’s cool that my area has a team where guys come from all over to play, I love it.”
In seven matches this season, Greene has established himself as one of United’s most reliable players. He’s started twice and has added pace and solid technical play to the team’s midfield, making his presence known this season after spending the past two playing in reserve matches.
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Greene’s first United goal came on the road against Detroit City FC on June 12, a right-footed strike from the top of the box that beat the keeper to tie the match at two. Aside from it being his first goal for the club, it helped Lansing earn a point in a 2-2 draw.
“It felt awesome watching that ball go in the back of the net,” Greene said. “It dropped right in front of me and I buried it, it was amazing to get my first one.”
United head coach Nate Miller said the goal was a reflection of the hard work Greene has put in over the past three summers with Lansing.
“A moment like that for him, that’s what soccer is all about,” Miller said. “He’s a local kid, playing for his club, and he’s earned every bit of it.”
Greene joined United in 2014, fresh out of high school and a youth career with the Michigan Wolves where he scored more than 40 goals en route to three straight State Cup championships. Due to his young age and work commitments, Greene didn’t see time in United’s main squad until this summer, when Miller asked him to be one of the team’s returning players.
“I’m really happy for Alec,” Miller said. “I think he has been the player who is the most consistent in training. He always comes and always gets it done so I’ve wanted to reward him with chances.”
Spending a full summer with United has paid off for Greene, who appeared in 20 matches with Oakland University last fall as a redshirt freshman, scoring once and adding two assists.
“It feels awesome and shows what hard work can get you,” Greene said. “I’m going to show up in great shape and my touch will be on point, so this does mean a lot.”
Until then, Greene will focus his efforts on helping United finish out the second half of the season on a high note.
“I live 15 minutes away, so this is the closest team I’ve ever played for in my entire life,” he said. “To see the dedication from my teammates – a few of them drive more than an hour to play here – it’s just great.
“We have a great team atmosphere, good chemistry and we all get along. It’s an unbelievable feeling to do this for Lansing.”