LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Sporting Club is happy to announce 21-year-old Erick Ceja Gonzalez’s signing to the United Soccer League (USL) League One roster, pending federation and league approval.
A center back from Reno, Nev., Ceja Gonzalez has been receiving accolades of all sorts since he began playing youth club soccer for Sierra Nevada FC and Sagebrush SC.
During his high school career at North Valleys, Ceja Gonzalez captured Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association All-Conference First Team honors in three consecutive seasons (2017-2019) and earned All-State First Team distinction his senior season (2019).
Choosing to remain in Reno to begin his collegiate career, Ceja Gonzalez joined the men’s soccer ranks at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). His inaugural college season saw him awarded All-Region XVIII First Team and team MVP honors.
After two seasons with TMCC, Gonzalez entered the United Premier Soccer League (USL) and has since been playing for Reno United FC.
Ceja Gonzalez is primed to enter the USL and immediately make an impact on Lexington’s growing team.
“I believe that the most important intention for us to set is building something that’s more than just a soccer team,” he said. “We need to build a brotherhood … I believe that will lead us to great things like winning a USL League One title.”
He also adds that he cannot wait to see his personal growth as he plans to “learn something every day from teammates and coaching staff so that I can become the best possible version of myself on and off the field.”
“Erick is a fantastic prospect who shows the highest attributes of being able to play at the professional level,” said Sam Stockley, LSC’s head coach. “He’s a true defender who has quality on the ball and is equally comfortable with his left or right foot. We think he has an unbelievable ceiling and are excited to have him on our team.”
All of Lexington’s signings can be tracked here.
Lexington begins the USL League One season March 18 at One Knox SC, and will welcome Forward Madison FC for the home opener April 8. The full schedule can be found here.
About Lexington Sporting Club
Lexington Sporting Club is a U.S. Soccer professional soccer club competing in USL League One (U.S. Soccer Third Division Men’s Professional Soccer League). Launching its inaugural professional season in 2023, the professional team is the pinnacle of the soccer eco-system in Lexington and features more than 1,400 players within its youth and academy systems, a pre-professional women’s team beginning in 2023 in the USL W League and is in the process of building the club’s formal stadium, performance center and training fields.