CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Crunch had not been on the field since 2001. Mentor native Eric Davis wanted to change that. With the name “Crunch” available to be trademarked, he acted quickly. “Didn’t even hesitate,” said Davis.
He applied to get into the Major Arena Soccer League and was approved. “Had a couple camps, had tryouts, signed players, had some consultation along the way from some past players and that lead us to getting accepted into the league.” The new Crunch were assigned to the division two level, the second highest level of the league.
The players are not paid, but if the Crunch can get their way up to division one, they will be. Davis feels that is a few years away though. In the mean time, he is busy getting some basics together like a title sponsor, team transportation and a downtown playing venue. Right now they are playing their games at the Soccer Sportsplex in North Olmsted. It was just the fastest way to get on the field. “The place holds a thousand people, we are only allowed to have about 200 fans right now. It’s not to the capacity we wish it were, but we are making the most out of it. The guys are having a blast.”
Davis hopes to have them playing downtown next season, which will start in December. They started in March this year because of COVID.
A downtown site for games is one of the short term goals. The long term one is to have the Crunch back as they were, a championship level team, playing at the highest level of the league. In the mean time, the team will settle for enough goals to win more games. They are off to a 2-0 start to the season.