Get to Know the Crunch, part 2

As of this writing, the Crunch have 20 players on the active roster. Let’s get to know the midfielders. [For goalkeepers and defenders, read HERE.]

Midfielders

Admir Suljevic (covered HERE)

Kurt Raney (covered HERE)

Chris Cvecko* – The Erie, PA native first came to the Northeast Ohio soccer landscape when attended Case Western Reserve University. Cvecko finished his career at Case as one of the most decorated players in its history. The four-year starter left school with his name all over the program’s all-time rankings: 5th in career assists (15), 6th in career goals (26) and 6th in career points (67). Cvecko earned three All-Ohio and three All-Conference first-team selections to go along with his two All-Region selections, All-American second-team selection and conference MVP.

Next, Cvecko played for the Erie Commodores (NPSL) for a season before moving back to Ohio to play for AFC Cleveland (2016). His two most recent seasons were spent with Cleveland SC where he provided versatility as a midfielder and defender.

The 26-year-old is looking to bring his outdoor soccer success into the indoor arena as he begins his indoor career with the Crunch.

Sami Mutemwa – The 30-year-old native of Johannesburg, South Africa started his collegiate career with Lakeland Community College (LCC). While at LCC, Mutemwa earned recognition as All-Conference MVP and All-Region MVP while being named Athlete of the Year. Moving on to Lake Erie College, he added more individual accolades as he was named an All-American (twice) and a first-team All-Ohio and All-Conference selection. To cap it off, Mutemwa earned the male scholar-athlete of the year award (2016).

After college, Mutemwa has played for the Cleveland Legacy (2017), Cleveland SC and the Akron Vulcans (NFPL), where “he is considered to have some of the best foot skills in the league” as displayed by “his quick feet and supernatural ability to control the ball in tight spaces on the pitch.”

Tom Beck – Beck had great success in high school where he starred for Cardinal Mooney. The Poland, OH native earned many All-Ohio, All-Region, All-County and All-Conference honors.

After graduation, Beck committed to Mount Union. While playing with the Purple Raiders, he featured as a regular starter while being named an All-Conference first-team selection (three times), an All-Ohio first-team selection (three times), an All-Region first-team selection (twice) and the OAC Forward of the Year (2013). Beck closed the book on his time at Mount Union with 31 goals and 22 assists in 3 seasons.

Beck finished his collegiate career at Cleveland State where he amassed seven assists in his one season with the program, good for second on the Vikings. 

Moving on from collegiate soccer, Beck signed with AFC Cleveland where he featured for four seasons, scoring 20 goals and assisting on 13 others during his time with the club. In 2016, he was a vital piece in AFC Cleveland’s national championship win. Most recently, Beck played for Cleveland SC where he averaged a goal per game/appearance.

Mike Derezic – The Lakewood, Ohio native excelled at Lakewood High School. Derezic was named first-team All Ohio honors and the male athlete of the year (2010). After graduation, he attended Cleveland State where he earned recognition on the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team. Derezic was a regular starter during his time with the Vikings and finished with seven goals and six assists.

He moved on to AFC Cleveland, and like a few others on the roster, helped the team win the national championship. The 29-year-old most recently played with Cleveland SC where he helped lead the team to a final four appearance (2019).

Austin Horton – The Columbus, OH native started his youth career playing with the Classic Eagles Soccer Club and the Columbus Crew Juniors. After high school, Horton excelled with Ohio Northern University. He garnered both personal and team success. During his time with the program, the school earned 64 wins and two conference championships. On an individual level, Horton scored 22 goals with 21 assists while picking up first-team All-Conference and second-team All-Region recognition.

After his time with the Polar Bears, he signed with the Dayton Dynamo (NPSL) in 2017. Over the last three seasons, the 24-year-old has been with Concordia SC.

 

*All quotes and biographical information courtesy of the Cleveland Crunch.

**Image used with the permission of the Cleveland Crunch.

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