AFC Cleveland

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AFC Cleveland
AFC Cleveland Crest.jpg
Full name AFC Cleveland
Nickname(s) Royals
Founded 2011
Stadium DiSanto Field
Ground Capacity 3,000
Chairman United States Terry Lawriw
Manager Australia Aaron McGuiness
League National Premier Soccer League
2013 4th, Central Division
Playoffs: Division Semi-Finals
Website Club home page
Current season

AFC Cleveland is a semi-professional American soccer team based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Founded in 2011, the team plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the newly formed Midwestern Division.[1]

History[edit]

Following the folding of the Cleveland City Stars in 2009, the city of Cleveland was without a soccer team. On November 11, 2011, AFC Cleveland announced that they would join the National Premier Soccer League. A month later, the team announced that Admiral Sportswear would be their official kit supplier.

AFC stands for A Fans' Club signifying that the organization is for the fans and created by the fans. The team played its home games at Byers Field in Parma, OH in 2012. For the 2013 season, the team moved to Krenzler Field on the Cleveland State University campus. It now plays at DiSanto Field at Case Western Reserve University.

Supporters Group[edit]

6th City Syndicate is the supporters’ group for Cleveland soccer.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2012 4 NPSL 3rd, Midwest-Great Lakes Division Finals Did not qualify
2013 4 NPSL 4th, Midwest-Great Lakes Conference Semi-Finals Declined Entry[2]

Players[edit]

2012 Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Ben Yabrow
2 United States MF Carter Poe
3 United States DF Dennis Holowaty
4 United States MF Vaughn Spurrier
5 United States DF Philip Spagnolo
6 England DF Phil Cutler
7 Australia MF Carlo Manna
8 England DF Elliot Kelly
10 United States DF Brian Gallego
11 United States FW Tyler Johnston
12 United States MF Michael Matlock
13 United States MF Sam Vail
No. Position Player
14 United States MF Jon Smola
17 Latvia FW Daniils Mamedovs
18 United States MF Christian Earnest
19 United States DF CJ Spilker
21 United States MF Yianni Sarris
25 South Africa MF Dean Miller
29 England DF Ruairidh Winters
31 United States FW Thomas Schmitt
33 United States GK Andrian McAdams
35 Wales DF Dan Knight

2013 Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Ben Yabrow
2 United States MF Carter Poe
3 United States FW Andy Harding
4 United States DF Taylor Fletcher
5 United States DF Sean Sikich
6 Wales DF Dan O'Callaghan
7 United States FW Tom Beck
8 United States MF Ty Smith
9 United States FW Vinny Bell
10 Denmark FW Tommy Granot
11 United States FW Tyler Johnston
12 United States DF Shaun Gross
13 United States DF Phil Spagnolo
No. Position Player
14 United States MF Derek Zuniga
15 United States DF Greg Marchand
16 United States MF Preston Spurrier
17 Japan MF Keisuke Ohata
18 United States FW Christian Earnest
19 United States FW Ryan Minick
20 United States DF Shane Powell
21 United States MF Andre Learned
22 United States DF Sean Sikich
23 United States MF TJ Welch
25 United States MF Angelo Capuano
32 United States GK Alex Ivanov

Notable former players[edit]

Head Coach[edit]

England Andy Hoggarth (2012–2014) Australia Aaron McGuiness (2014–present)

Honors[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

  • Supporters of AFC Cleveland, Detroit City FC, and FC Buffalo and formed the 'Rust Belt Derby' modeled after the Cascadia Cup. The winner of the Derby is based on the head to head record of the midwestern clubs during regular season NPSL matches.[3] Cleveland won the initial Rust Belt Derby on June 23, 2012 following a 1-1 draw with Detroit.[4]

Stadium[edit]

2012: Byers Field

2013: Krenzler Field

2014-present: DiSanto Field

Kit Supplier and sponsorship[edit]

From 2012-13, the kit sponsor of the club was Admiral Sportswear.[5] For the 2014 season, Givova has taken over as the kit sponsor.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2012- Admiral Sportswear AdmiralSoccer.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cleveland join revamped Midwestern NPSL". The Soccer Room. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Josh Hakala (April 9, 2013). "Great Lakes Division teams decline 2013 US Open Cup berths as NPSL entries finalized". TheCup.us. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.soccernewsday.com/usa/a/134/the-rust-belt-derby
  4. ^ "The Rust Belt Derby". Soccer News Day. Soccer News Day. Retrieved June 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ AFC Cleveland Begins with Admiral

Official External Links[edit]