PARMA, OH 12/6/2011
AFC Cleveland is proud to announce the return of professional outdoor soccer to the Greater Cleveland area as part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
AFC Cleveland was recently accepted into the NPSL as part of what will become a revamped Midwest Division that will include FC Buffalo, Erie Admirals, Detroit City FC, and Binghamton FC.
“We are excited about bringing pro soccer back to Cleveland and we are excited about being part of a great league like the NPSL,” AFC Cleveland Chairman Terry Lawriw commented. “Cleveland has a tradition of soccer excellence that dates back to the Stokers, Cobras, Force, and Crunch. We hope that AFC Cleveland can be part of this great history.”
The NPSL is a nationwide league that includes teams in major markets from coast to coast, including Hollywood United, Chicago Fire NPSL, New York Red Bulls NPSL, and the San Diego Flash.
“As a member of the NPSL for the last three years we are very happy that the league continues to develop and strengthen,” Erie Admirals owner John Melody said. “We are particularly happy that Cleveland decided to join. We have had a great rivalry with FC Buffalo in recent years and we very much look forward to having a similar one with AFC Cleveland.”
"Buffalonians have always felt more of a kinship with the Great Lakes region than the Northeast, so to find traditional sports rivals like Cleveland and Detroit on our schedule is terrific," said FC Buffalo owner Nick Mendola.
AFC Cleveland is led by Lawriw and Head Coach Fabio Sartini, who joined the club in September. The team already has a European-style supporters’ group called the 6th City Syndicate.