Following a thrilling 2-1 victory against Christos FC Friday night, AFC Cleveland have earned the chance to win the Hank Steinbrecher Cup against Michigan Bucks Saturday, June 3.
The Royals will look to use their the support of a home crowd at Stan Skoczen Stadium to their advantage when facing the Bucks, who advanced via a 1-0 win against Chicago FC United in the semifinal. The home club secured a berth in the championship match after Reymar Klochko netted a game-winning goal as a 90′ substitute, seconds before time expired in regulation.
The final match will see 2016 NPSL champions AFC Cleveland face off against 2016 Premier Development League champions Michigan Bucks in what is the top championship among amateur club cup champions. An NPSL side has never won the Hank Steinbrecher Cup in the four annual editions of the tournament.
AFC Cleveland Head Coach Mike Sesar is happy with where the club stands going into the final just one night after a hard-fought win.
“We have a full squad and when you play two games in two days you have to bring some energy,” said Sesar. “Luckily I saved some guys that we’ll put in the lineup tomorrow who will be ready to bring us some fresh legs, so we’ll come at them and hopefully it will be a good match.”
Tickets for the championship match, and the preceding third-place match between Christos FC and Chicago FC United, are still available at afccleveland.com/tickets. The kickoff for the final will follow the third-place match, which begins at 5:00 pm. The Royals are estimated to take the field around 7:30 pm.
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