Over the course of the last few days, the Cleveland Crunch have announced the signings of four players to help spearhead the Crunch’s return to championship glory. First up is Wickliffe High and Cleveland State alum, midfielder Admir Suljevic. The 30-year-old native of Derventa (a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina) will help lead the attack while wearing the number 10 jersey.
As a sophomore with Wickliffe, he helped lead his team to the DII state championship game. During his junior and senior seasons, he garnered first-team selections to both the All-Greater Cleveland and the All-Ohio teams. Saving the best for last as a senior, Suljevic amassed an incredible 36 goals while assisting on 11 others. Along with the awards previously mentioned, he went on to be named: a 2008 Plain Dealer All-Star Selection, the 2008 Greater Cleveland Player of the Year, the 2008 News-Herald Player of the Year, the 2008 Ohio DIII Men’s Soccer Player of the Year and a first-team All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
After a great high school career, Suljevic went on to play for the Cleveland State Vikings. He was a four-year starter and led the team in total offense during his time with the team, scoring 21 goals and generating 18 assists. The Horizon League named Suljevic to its All-Newcomer team as a freshman and selected him to its first team three times.
Suljevic continued his career in the semi-professional/professional ranks. He played with AFC Cleveland of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2015. That same season, the NPSL made him an All-NPSL second-team selection. The next year, Suljevic helped AFC Cleveland win the NPSL National Championship. Moving from outdoor to indoor, Suljevic signed with the Cleveland Legacy of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL). During the Legacy’s one-and-only season, he managed to earn the PASL Player of the Year Award after scoring a whopping 18 goals in only six games. He returned to the NPSL with Cleveland SC. While there, he helped the team win the NPSL Regional Championship and reach the national semi-finals in 2019.
Admir Suljevic will look to create some magic for the Crunch faithful when the team takes the field for the 2021-22 season. Based on his credentials and previous successes, fans will have a lot to look forward to when he steps on the turf. Come back over the next few days as we talk about the other new signings.
*Photo used with permission of the Cleveland Crunch.