As one Cleveland team leaves the league, another one joins it.
The National Premier Soccer League announced Monday that Cleveland SC has joined the league as an expansion team. It will replace AFC Cleveland, which folded after last season.
The club will compete in the Midwest Region’s East Conference.
“Cleveland SC has been built on a strong foundation, bringing players, supporters, and the community together to grow the beautiful game,” NPSL chairman Joe Barone said. “The addition of NPSL teams in Cleveland and Columbus for 2018 shows our league’s commitment to Ohio and the entire Midwest.”
The club will be led by President Samuel T. Seibert, who was born, raised, and educated in Northeast Ohio.
“Cleveland SC has realistic goals for 2018 both on and off the pitch,” Seibert said. “First and foremost, the team plans on increasing the awareness to the communities in Greater Cleveland that a talented team in the sport of soccer rests right here in Cleveland, Ohio. On the field, we fully expect to compete for the conference title through building a roster comprised of the most talented players and coaches available. Additionally, we fully expect to form and maintain all facets of the team organically through partnerships exclusively from the great city of Cleveland.”
Seibert is an MBA Sports Management graduate of Tiffin University with experience in sports media and operations. He is a resident of Lakewood, Ohio.
“Cleveland SC is going to bring a fanbase filled with pride,” Seibert said. “Cleveland has a soccer fan base that is a sleeping giant and we intend to tap into that immediately. Cleveland has the best sports fans anywhere and our opponents will learn that quickly.”