The first round of tryouts took place in early January at Brad Friedel's Premier Soccer Academies in Lorain. The turnout was impressive, including dozens of talented players from all walks of collegiate and professional soccer.
Local colleges such as Case Western Reserve, Mount Union, Baldwin-Wallace, Notre Dame, and Hiram were all represented. Players from colleges and universities like Ohio Northern, Ohio Wesleyan, Arkansas, UMass, Bluefield, Brooklyn, Ohio State, and Bowling Green also turned out for a chance to be part of AFC Cleveland's inaugural season. In all, players from 5 countries were part of the tryout process.
Fans, media, and members of the 6th City Syndicate were also in attendance to see the rebirth of soccer in Cleveland. Everyone was impressed with the talent present at the event. Even more is expected for a secound round of open tryouts scheduled for late March in Parma.
January 21st marked the opening of the AFC Cleveland front office and team shop on State Road in Parma. Over 50 people turned out to get official merchandise, buy season tickets, and meet the coaches and staff from AFC Cleveland.
Two great events, supported by some of the best fans anywhere, show an exciting future for AFC Cleveland and soccer in NE Ohio.
For further information, please visit http://www.afccleveland.com or email AFC Cleveland directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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