As of this writing, the Crunch have 20 players on the active roster. Let’s get to know them, starting with the goalkeepers and defenders.
Marijo Musa (covered HERE)
Mirko “Miski” Petkovic* – Miski is a veteran of indoor soccer having played for both the Cleveland Freeze (2013-14) and the Cleveland Legacy (2017) of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL). While with the Freeze, Petkovic helped lead the team to a 7-1 record as he managed 99 saves over that eight-game span. During his season with the Legacy, he earned the keeper’s role full-time as the team went on to have an undefeated season.
Boban “Bobi” Cancar – The North Royalton native played for John Carroll University (JCU). While there, the conference named him All-OAC second team and he earned a spot on the All-Ohio third team. After wrapping up his time at JCU, Bobi went on to play for the Cleveland Freeze, Cleveland Legacy and Cleveland SC. During this time, he developed his reputation as “The Power Play General.”
“Bobi’s knowledge of the indoor game and elite defensive skill-set will provide an immediate impact on the field. The Power Play General is ready to take his talents to the pitch for the Cleveland Crunch in 2021.”
Kevin Blackwood – A native of Kingston, Jamaica, the 26-year-old defender started his college career in Northeast Ohio. Blackwood was a member of the Cleveland State University Vikings where he excelled for three years as a starter while earning a selection to the Horizon League’s All-newcomer team (2014). Blackwood finished his collegiate career in Columbus as a starter (19 games) for Ohio State. While with the Buckeyes, Blackwood earned a spot on the Wolstein All-tournament team in 2017.
After finishing his collegiate playing days, Blackwood made various stops, playing for FC Tucson (United Soccer League [USL] League One), Cleveland SC (National Premier Soccer League [NPSL]) and the Akron Vulcans (National Futsal Premier League [NFPL]).
John Gulden – Success started early for Gulden as he excelled with Wickliffe High School. While there, he earned individual accolades (All-Conference first team and All-District first team) as he helped lead the program to new heights, including a school single-season record of 18 wins and a spot in the Division III State Finals.
His college career was split between Wright State University and Cleveland State University, playing two seasons for each school. After college, Guldan, like many others on the team, spent time with the Freeze (2013) and the Legacy (2017).
David Jordan – Jordan, a native of Cleveland, attended Mentor High School. In 2003, the conference named him the Lake Erie League Conference Player of the Year. Upon graduation, he signed with Lakeland Community College, playing one season.
Moving on to the indoor side of things, Jordan signed with the Ohio Vortex (PASL). He played two seasons with the organization before signing with the Freeze. Playing with the NPSL’s AFC Cleveland (2016), Jordan contributed to the team’s earning a national championship.
Ashton Bernard – The indoor soccer rookie and Cleveland native started young, playing for the Premier Futbol Club. Moving on from there, he became a four-year starter with the Cleveland Heights Tigers. Bernard was a key player in the team’s capturing multiple conference championships.
Up next was Notre Dame College (NCAA DII school), where Bernard became a regular starter as he helped the team reach three conference finals and two national tournament appearances.
Jarod Chavez – Chavez is a Parma native and alumnus of Parma Senior High School. During his time in high school, he amassed four All-Conference and four All-Greater Cleveland selections. Over the course of his last two seasons, he netted 20 goals while dishing 26 assists.
After graduating, Chavez played for Heidelberg University. While there, he was a three-year starter and ultimately captained the team during his junior year. With the chance to begin his professional career, Chavez decided to forego his senior season in order to play for the Crunch.
Josh Grossman – Grossman was an exceptional high school talent during his time with Westlake High School. He garnered two All-Ohio honors while receiving the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Player of the Year award. Grossman ended his high school career as the school’s all-time leader in goals with 111.
In college, Grossman played for Wright State University. He was named to the Horizon Conference All-Newcomer team in 2005. He started most games he played while with the Raiders, finishing with five goals and 12 assists.
Next, he signed with the Freeze where he had a massive impact. Grossman was a regular starter and earned a selection to the PASL All-League second team. He etched his name in the indoor soccer history books on February 8, 2014. While playing against the Cincinnati Swerve, Grossman scored an incredible seven goals, placing him tied for third for most goals scored in a single game in Major Arena Soccer League’s history.
“A physical force on defense with the ability to contribute on the offensive side of the ball, Grossman will fit in nicely with the current Cleveland Crunch roster. The savvy veteran is not afraid to make his presence known to an opposing player.”
Come back later to learn about the team’s midfielders and forwards!
*All quotes and biographical information courtesy of the Cleveland Crunch.
**Image used with the permission of the Cleveland Crunch.