AFC Cleveland announces its first signing, Vinny Bell, to a 1-year contract through the 2013 NPSL season. Bell, a fan-favorite who led the team with 5 goals, 2 assists, and was versatile at the forward, midfield, and defensive position, was an intrical part to the Royals success in the Royals introductory season. Bell also led the Rust Belt Cup series with 4 goals, including 3 versus rival Detroit FC, aiding in 4-straight results from the team from Michigan. A Case Western Reserve University graduate, Bell utilized his post-graduate season on the CWRU football team, earning all-region accolades at the wide receiver. Vinny was celebrated as the #1 signing for the AFC Cleveland Royals entering their 2012 season.
David Schmac, Director of Player Personnel – “Vinny personifies what we need in our players. He’s a standout guy who gives his all and always came up big in the dire moments of the season. He handled being the poster-player for AFC Cleveland in its first season and responded by leading the team in scoring. I’m excited to have him back on the squad in 2013. At this level, we’re very fortunate to have him. ”
Andy Hoggarth, Head Coach – “Im delighted that we have been able to re-sign Vinny Bell. As we saw during last season Vinny gives us the versatility to use him in many different roles and gives us the opportunity to change the game in many different ways. As we continue to build AFC Cleveland it is vital that we can also retain some of the fans favorite players such as Vinny.”