Infographic: Notable Soccer Players from Ohio

Ohio is home to some of the country’s most decorated soccer athletes. Whether they were born in the Buckeye State, or moved here for college, Ohio has produced a number of highly-skilled soccer players who have made contributions to professional teams and, on occasion, their national teams.

The following infographic shows where some of these athletes came from, and where they have applied their soccer skillset.

Map of Ohio Major League Soccer players' hometowns

Infographic of professional soccer players who graduated from the University of Akron in Ohio

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Ohio Without a Major League Soccer Team?: A Letter to Don Garber

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(Anthony Precourt, Investor-Operator and Chairman Columbus Crew SC, (far left) at the 2015 MLS Cup Final)
I was planning on making this post about why Ohio deserves a World Cup venue in 2026, or why FC Cincinnati deserves to be one of Major League Soccer’s four new expansion teams. However, I cannot ignore the bombshell that occurred Monday night and Tuesday, as Columbus Crew SC fans learned their team is likely to relocate to Austin, TX if they are unable to make plans for a downtown stadium. Massive Report’s Ralph Schudel outlined everything we know so far about the potential move, and confirmed with his sources that local Columbus businessmen offered Anthony Precourt, Crew SC’s owner/investor, $75 million for a 50% share of the franchise. Precourt originally purchased 100% of Crew SC for $68 million in 2013.

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Why AFC Cleveland is Northeast Ohio’s Best-Kept Secret

AFC Cleveland soccer fans during final home match of NPSL season

AFC Cleveland fans release smoke during their home finale against the Rochester Lancers Photo Credit T.J. Powell | Photography

If you’re like I was two years ago, you’ve probably never heard of the AFC Cleveland Royals, Cleveland’s only minor league soccer club. I came across the Royals while applying for internships two winters ago, and joined the club’s communications staff in the summer of 2017.

After one season with AFC Cleveland, I grew to realize the club was more legitimate than I initially thought, and the matches were a fantastic experience for a Northeast Ohio audience. AFC Cleveland plays in the National Premier Soccer League, an amateur league at the fourth level of the American soccer pyramid. Despite the amateur nature of the club, I found the gameday experience to be high-quality for soccer fans or anyone else interested in enjoying a weekend night. Continue reading

Crew SC Push Towards Playoffs with 3-2 Win Over NYRB

Columbus Crew SC’s playoff hopes received a huge boost Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over conference opponent New York Red Bulls.

The Eastern Conference foes entered Saturday’s fixture separated by only two points, with NYRB having two games in hand on Crew SC. Goals from Jonathan Mensah, Justin Meram and Josh Williams helped Crew SC earn a five-point cushion over NYRB, and increased their probability of making the 2017 MLS Playoffs to 97%. 

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