- $19 for two tickets to an AFC Cleveland Royals soccer match, plus two T-shirts ($40 value for the T-shirts; $52 total value)
- Where: River High School Stadium, unless otherwise noted
- Seating: General admission
- Door time: 90 minutes before game time
Games and Dates
- Against AFC Ann Arbor on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Byers Field
- Against the Erie Admirals on Saturday, May 23, at 7 p.m.
- Against the Cincinnati Saints on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m.
- Against the Indiana Fire on Friday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- Against FC Buffalo on Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m.
- Against Fort Pitt Regiment on Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m.
- Against Lansing United on Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m.
The Scouting Report
- Behind the name: AFC actually stands for ‘A Fan’s Club,’ a nod to the team’s loyal supporters
- Player to watch for: Thomas Beck, a native of Poland, Ohio and a cornerstone of the club’s roster
- Key matches: May 8, which is the season opener, and July 12, which is the final home game of the regular season
- A shot at revenge: the Royals will seek revenge on May 23 against the Erie Admirals, who knocked them out of playoff contention last July
In 2009, the Cleveland City Stars folded, leaving the Sixth City without a soccer franchise to call its own. Two years later, the group of local soccer supporters known as the 6th City Syndicate finally found a new team to cheer for as AFC Cleveland (its initials: A Fans' Club) joined the National Premier Soccer League, finally bringing the beloved sport back to Cleveland's glacially-formed soccer stadiums. Bolstered by the Syndicate's support, the team surged into the NPSL spotlight in its very first season, winning the first-ever Rust Belt Derby and upsetting the Erie Admirals to claim the Great Lakes Conference championship. They struck gold again in 2016, when they became NPSL national champions for the first time.