Cleveland SC

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Cleveland SC
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Full nameCleveland Soccer Club
FoundedFebruary 19, 2018; 16 months ago (2018-02-19)
StadiumGeorge Finnie Stadium
Berea, Ohio
Capacity7,800[1]
OwnerSamuel Seibert
Head CoachRyan Osborne
LeagueNational Premier Soccer League
2018Midwest-East: 2nd
Playoffs: Midwest Semifinals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Cleveland SC is an American semi-professional soccer team based in the Greater Cleveland region. The club competes in the National Premier Soccer League as part of the Midwest Region, East Conference,[2] and played its inaugural season in 2018. Cleveland plays home matches at George Finnie Stadium on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University.[3]

Club culture[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Although the NPSL does not require its clubs to stream matches, Cleveland SC streamed every home match in 2018 on Mycujoo.[4] Vince McKee served as the main commentator for the duration of the season, while the color commentator role was filled by a rotating cast of analysts.

Stadium[edit]

During the 2018 season, Cleveland SC played home matches at Don Shula Stadium, located in University Heights, Ohio on the campus of John Carroll University. The stadium has a capacity of 5,416,[5] which made it the second-largest stadium in the Midwest-East behind only Marina Auto Stadium. Cleveland played its first match at Shula Stadium on May 19, 2018, defeating Rochester Lancers 2–0[6] in front of a crowd of a couple hundred.[7] Cleveland finished with four wins, one draw, and one loss in home matches during its lone season at the stadium.

Due to renovation work at Shula Stadium over the summer of 2019, Cleveland moved to Baldwin Wallace University's George Finnie Stadium, located in Berea, Ohio.[3] The 7,800 capacity stadium still holds the title of being the second-largest stadium in the Midwest-East, behind Marina Auto Stadium. Cleveland will debut at Finnie Stadium on May 5, 2019, playing an international friendly match against Monarcas Morelia Reserves.[3]

Supporters[edit]

The primary supporters' group for Cleveland SC is 6th City Syndicate, an "independent supporters' group for Cleveland soccer."[8] 6CS is unaffiliated with the club, and as such also provides support for WPSL club Cleveland Ambassadors. Prior to the foundation of Cleveland SC, 6th City Syndicate had supported AFC Cleveland,[9] migrating to the new club after AFC Cleveland folded in December 2017.

Rivalries[edit]

Although the two clubs are in different conferences, Cleveland has a friendly rivalry with fellow Ohioan NPSL club FC Columbus. Both clubs were founded in 2018, and their inaugural matches came against each other in a home-and-home friendly series in April 2018.[10] Supporters of the clubs dubbed the rivalry the Grandpa's Cheese Barn Derby, or simply the Cheese Barn Derby,[11] named after a landmark business that sits just off Interstate 71 in Ashland, Ohio.[12] The actual barn is roughly equidistant between the cities of Cleveland and Columbus. In 2018, the first year of the rivalry, neither team was able to claim the Derby title: both Cleveland and Columbus won their away game 3–2, meaning the inaugural Cheese Barn Derby ended in a 5–5 tie.[13]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of May 26, 2019[14][15]

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

No. Position Player
00 United States GK Dylan Morris
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Marijo Musa
2 United States DF Boban Cancar
3 United States MF Antonio Manfut
4 United States MF Mike Derezic
6 United States DF Ian Larson
7 United States MF Tom Beck
8 United States MF Alec Nagucki
9 United States FW Vinny Bell
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Admir Suljevic
11 United States FW Szabolcs Wiksell
12 United States GK Daniel Nagy
14 United States MF Vinny Worner
15 United States DF John Duldner
16 United States DF Chris Cvecko
17 United States MF Kurt Raney
18 Ghana FW Lolo Karpeh
No. Position Player
19 United States DF Coletun Long
20 England MF Reece Daly
21 United States MF Dan Koniarczyk
22 United States FW John Vrablic
23 United States DF Joe Korb
24 United States DF Ben Hryszko
25 United States FW Danny Ruple
26 United States MF Hayden Parente
27 United States DF Corban McAvinew
28 United States FW Justin Libertowski
30 Canada DF Dan Manolache
31 United States GK Liam McIntosh
32 United States MF Jon Schroeder
34 United States DF Lovo Duvnjak
35 United States MF Alex Ligeti
77 United States MF Ben Fitzpatrick

Team management[edit]

Front office
Owner and president Samuel Seibert
Coaching staff
Head coach Ryan Osborne
Assistant coaches Lewis Dunne
Ante Pilekic
Louie Rolko
Atti Toth

Last updated: April 22, 2019
Source: [1]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season Division League Regular season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
2018 4 NPSL 2nd, Midwest-East Won Midwest quarterfinal (Erie, 4–0)
Lost Midwest semifinal (Ann Arbor, 0–1)
Ineligible
2019 4 NPSL Did not qualify

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

As of June 14, 2019
# Name Years Signed from NPSL Playoffs Total
1 United States Antonio Manfut 2018–present Florida Tropics 19 2 21
2 United States Chris Cvecko 2018–present AFC Cleveland 18 2 20
3 United States Vinny Bell 2018–present AFC Cleveland 15 2 17
United States Boban Cancar 2018–present AFC Cleveland 15 2 17
United States Coletun Long 2018–present AFC Cleveland 15 2 17
6 United States Kurt Raney 2018–present Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets 14 2 16
7 Bosnia and Herzegovina Admir Suljevic 2018–present AFC Cleveland 13 2 15
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina Marijo Musa 2018–present St. Louis Ambush 12 2 14
9 United States Mike Derezic 2018–present AFC Cleveland 13 0 13
Canada Dan Manolache 2018–present Cleveland State Vikings 11 2 13
United States Danny Ruple 2018–present Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets 12 1 13

Bold denotes players still playing for the club.

Goals[edit]

As of June 14, 2019
# Name Years Signed from NPSL Playoffs Total
1 United States Vinny Bell 2018–present AFC Cleveland 12 3 15
2 United States Antonio Manfut 2018–present Florida Tropics 8 1 9
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Admir Suljevic 2018–present AFC Cleveland 7 0 7
4 United States Mike Derezic 2018–present AFC Cleveland 6 0 6
5 United States Tom Beck 2018–present AFC Cleveland 3 0 3
United States Danny Ruple 2018–present Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets 3 0 3
7 United States Chris Cvecko 2018–present AFC Cleveland 2 0 2

Bold denotes players still playing for the club. Only players with multiple goals are included.

Shutouts[edit]

As of June 14, 2019
# Name Years Signed from NPSL Playoffs Total
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Marijo Musa 2018–present AFC Cleveland 4 1 5
2 United States Mikal Outcalt 2018 Pittsburgh Panthers 2 0 2
3 United States Daniel Nagy 2019–present Notre Dame Falcons 1 0 1

Bold denotes players still playing for the club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The George Finnie Stadium". BWYellowJackets.com. Baldwin Wallace Athletics. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Cleveland SC Joins the NPSL". npsl.com. National Premier Soccer League. February 19, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Club will play on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University". ClevelandSC.com. Cleveland SC. February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Cleveland SC at mycujoo". mycujoo.tv. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Don Shula Stadium at Wasmer Field". JCUSports.com. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Cleveland SC 2–0 Rochester Lancers". NPSL.com. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  7. ^ "New Cleveland semipro soccer team is off to a hot start". CrainsCleveland.com. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  8. ^ "6th City Syndicate". 6CSCleveland.com. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  9. ^ "AFC Cleveland supporters". AFCCleveland.com. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Cleveland SC And FC Columbus To Compete In Preseason Series". NEOSportsInsiders.com. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  11. ^ @CoryMizer (26 March 2018). "Ya'll ready for the Grandpa's Cheese Barn Derby??" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Grandpa's Cheese Barn opens new location closer to Cleveland". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  13. ^ "FC COLUMBUS AND CLEVELAND SC BRAVE RAIN IN SECOND LEG OF DEBUT SERIES". NPSL.com. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Cleveland SC squad". ClevelandSC.com. Cleveland SC. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  15. ^ "Cleveland SC – NPSL profile". ClevelandSC.bonzidev.com. National Premier Soccer League. Retrieved April 19, 2019.

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