Get to Know the Crunch, part 3

As of this writing, the Crunch have 20 players on the active roster. Here are the forwards. [For goalkeepers and defenders, read HERE. For midfielders, read HERE.]

Forwards

Ma’Cain Spragling (covered HERE)

Matthew DeCapua –  The 18-year-old Bay High School senior blew away the evaluators at tryouts, earning a spot as the youngest player on the roster. This past season with the Rockets saw DeCapua score four goals while assisting on 14 others. He earned All-Ohioan honors as he led his team to the DII Regional Semi-Final.

The rookie hybrid forward/midfielder is looking to carry his high school success into the professional ranks.

Vinny Bell – Bell, a Clevelander, had an enormous impact while playing for Valley Forge. The forward earned spots on the All-Ohio third team and All-Conference first team. He also received  All-Greater Cleveland honors and was named the DII Player of the Year (2007).

Bell reached further heights during his time with Case Western Reserve University. He helped to establish himself as “one of the top offensive talents in the Greater Cleveland area.” While with the Spartans, he earned All-American selections (twice), conference MVP (twice), All-Region selections (three times) and All-Ohio selections (three times). When he graduated, Bell held school records for goals in a season (20), points in a season (50), career goals (43) and career points (101). 

Signing with AFC Cleveland in 2012, Bell led the club in goals in four of the next five seasons (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016). He earned man of the match honors during the team’s national championship victory as he scored two vital goals. 

Moving into the indoor ranks, Bell played for the Cleveland Legacy for one season before returning to the outdoor game with Cleveland SC (his most recent club). Over the last two seasons with the club, he has led them in goals. Bell received more recognition as the NPSL voted him number three in its All-Time Top 10 players list.

Ryan Minick – While playing for North Royalton High School, the Cleveland native garnered a first-team All-Ohio selection and the Greater Cleveland Soccer Association D1 Player of the Year (2008).

Next, Minick attended Hiram College. As a Terrier, he received second-team All-Region honors and was a first-team All-Conference selection (twice). He was especially prolific his junior season when he led the team in goals (11), points (28), shots (67), and shots on goal (32). 

After college, Minick played two seasons with AFC Cleveland, starting in 2013. The 29-year-old was also a member of the Cleveland Legacy, gaining experience with the indoor game.

 

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

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

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