March 31, 2016
CHICAGO - Former Loyola University Chicago men's soccer standout Brian Bement has signed a professional deal with Puerto Rico FC, it was announced by the club on Thursday. He becomes the team's third American signing following the addition of Tyler Rudy and David Meves.
Bement enjoyed a solid four-year run during his time in Rogers Park. He exploded on the scene as a freshman in 2011, scoring a team-best four goals en route to earning a selection to the Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team.
The Waterloo, Ill. product would once again lead the Ramblers offensive attack as a junior, racking up eight tallies during Loyola's first season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. None of those eight goals were bigger than his overtime game-winner against SIU-Edwardsville back on Oct. 26, 2013 that secured the Maroon & Gold their first Valley victory. Bement, along with teammate Ryan Howe, became one of Loyola's first two All-Missouri Valley Conference selections at the end of the regular season.
Bement's knack for coming up big in key moments continued during his senior season. He recorded two more game-winning strikes, highlighted by an overtime tally against a nationally-ranked Northwestern side that gave Loyola its first win over its neighbor to the north in nearly 15 years. Bement would again go on to be honored as an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection and also earned a spot on the league's All-Tournament team.
Puerto Rico FC, based out of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, was founded in 2015 by current New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. The club, which will begin play in July of this year, is a member of the North American Soccer League (NASL). More information on Puerto Rico FC can be found here.