Goalkeeper Ian McGrane moves on to St. Louis City SC

Published May 11, 2022

Written by Scott Matulis


Goalkeeper Ian McGrane (26), who started five of Bay Cities FC’s first six games, has moved on to future MLS side St. Louis City SC and has joined the club with immediate effect. St. Louis City SC is set to make its MLS debut in 2023 and currently fields a team in MLS Next Pro, the third division of American soccer. 


“This is a major milestone for both Ian and for us at Bay Cities,” said Bay Cities manager Anders Perez. “We are sending a message that we are definitely a development club, focused on improving players and moving them to higher level opportunities. I hope this catches the eye of players around the Bay Area. They should know Bay Cities will be a bridge to the next level of play both domestically and internationally.”


McGrane grew up in Wilkes Barre, PA and was a three-year letter winner at Holy Redeemer High School.  He played his college soccer at Monroe College, the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and the University of South Carolina. After college, McGrane played with AFC Ann Arbor in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) before signing with NISA side Stumptown Athletic for the 2019 season. He then signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the 2020 season, but did not feature in any games.


McGrane signed with Bay Cities FC for its inaugural season in 2022, recorded shutouts in Bay Cities FC’s first two NISA games and was in goal for the team’s second-round Lamar Hunt Open Cup win over Monterey Bay Union. With McGrane in St. Louis, Bay Cities FC has two goalies, Alonso Lara and Alan Gomez-Cruz, on the roster.

“Thrilled for Ian to be able to take the next step in his career with a wonderful club like St. Louis city,” said Bay Cities FC Sporting Director Eric Bucchere. “In five games and two months Ian showed his quality on the field with excellent performances in NISA and in the U.S. Open Cup, and off the field, quickly connecting with the community as a coach. He quickly became a Bay Cities fan favorite. Congrats and good luck Ian, and thank you for your commitment and effort. This is a great moment for the club as well, completing our first-ever player transfer, showing that we can execute our model to identify, promote and earn revenue through sales.”