The History of the Cleveland Football Club


But that was just a tease. The COVID-19 pandemic put everything on hold, including the Open Cup. When it was due to return in 2021, Cleveland SC kept its spot. However, once this edition was also canceled, the team had to requalify for the 2022 edition.

“We never let up on the gas,” Seibert said of qualifying for the 2022 Open Cup. guys together and the common goal ahead of us to get back to the Open Cup.

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Forward Vinny Bell is a symbol of continuity on the team – and on the Cleveland football scene as well. A former Case Western Reserve player, he has scored over 90 goals since joining the original AFC Cleveland in 2011.

“It’s a shame when teams come and go because there’s so much talent here in Cleveland,” Bell said of staying with the team during the switch. “Almost all of our guys are from the area.”

Bell is an accountant with Price Waterhouse in Cleveland, where he is a senior manager in the insurance practice. In the first round of this year’s Open Cup, his overtime goal saw Cleveland SC beat Chicago FC United to set up the second-round encounter with USL League One pros Forward Madison.

“I feel responsible for doing my part to allow us to win,” Bell said. “My role is the only striker up top, and I put that pressure on myself. As a veteran player, I think that’s something you have to do.

“When you hold each other accountable, that becomes the culture and you create a good team,” said Beck, who along with Bell forms the veteran core of the team. committed and dedicated.

“We’ve had success in the Open Cup, and the driving force is that we want to compete,” added Beck. “And if anyone wants to get in our way, we have all the confidence in the world that if we play our brand of football, we can play against many teams in this country.

Cleveland’s roots go deep

Competitiveness never leaves an athlete, nor does loyalty to one’s roots.

“If I could do it over again, I would do it the exact same way,” Bell said. “I love being in this city. I love being able to play in this city. I’ve had the chance to go and play in other places, but I love it here and the guys we play with too.

It’s a mentality at the heart of Seibert’his original vision.

“As much as we want to be a football entity, my vision is that we are a Cleveland entity first – a football entity second,” the owner said. “We want to make sure we’re as Cleveland as possible.”

It hasn’t been easy for Seibert, who pays the bills by working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic as an administrator. But he fulfilled a dream: He led a Cleveland team, shaped by his own vision, that now plays in the 107and edition of the US Open Cup.

“When they’re on the pitch, they love each other so much they don’t want to let each other down,” he said of his team. “And because of that, we persevere and we win.”


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