As it is known now after 20 years of dormancy, the Cleveland Crunch are officially back! A press conference earlier today made it official.
” This is a very historic day for us here in Cleveland. Bringing back the Crunch is one of the proudest moments for me as commissioner of the league. These things don’t happen very often. So I want to commend Eric Davis and Luciano Ruscitto for having the vision and fortitude. They have some pretty big shoes to fill, but they have done a tremendous job marketing the franchise. Getting the word out there. The only thing that was missing was a league to play in. So we are happy to welcome the Crunch into the league.”
That was League commissioner Chris Economides, welcoming the Crunch back to indoor soccer and to the Major Arena Soccer League 2 (MASL2). The new league for the Crunch starting this season going forward. Yes, team president Eric Davis and vice president Luciano Ruscitto have big footsteps to follow but believe that they are up for the challenge.
” If you would have asked me about a year ago if I were to be standing here giving this speech you would have thought I was crazy, But Luciano and myself saw an opportunity. we went to those games as kids and saw those performances of those said players and teams. We saw what those games and teams meant to us, other kids, and the community. To see this team still not in existence two decades later was something I knew that we could change, and with the help of our sponsors, our front office staff, players of the past we have made that dream a reality.”
That was team president Eric Davis on bringing back the Crunch and what it meant to him as well as the city.
Team vice president Luciano Ruscitto was a man of few words but those words were very heartfelt.
” One of the reasons we got into this was to relive those past days of indoor soccer here in Cleveland. Replicate what was good, change what didn’t work. Bring talented players in. Doing everything we needed to do to field a team and put the product on the field.”
The crunch showed they were back on February 27th in the “Battle of the Boards” by scorching the Brew City Legends 12-4 in an opening exhibition match. That game showed glimpses of those Crunch teams of old and there is much to be excited about.
The Crunch will be playing an abbreviated 10-game season at the famed SoccerPlex in North Olmstead for this season until a permanent home is finalized later this year. The home schedule will be out as soon as it is provided.
For more information on the Crunch, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter. As well as their official website www.theclevelandcrunch.com.
For information on the new league for the Crunch, you can check out www.m2soccer.com.
IT’S CRUNCH TIME!!