AFC Cleveland has signed new Royal and forward/midfielder, Tommy Granot, to a 1-year contract through the 2013 NPSL season. A sophomore at Fordham University, Tommy brings a laundry-list of accolades with him to the AFC side. Granot maintained a standout career at local Hawken School, earning the honors of first-team All-Ohio in his Junior and Senior seasons.
A part of the US Olympic Developmental program for four years, Tommy also represented the U-15, U-16, and U-18 Denmark National Teams. Tommy also participated in the Columbus Crew Soccer Academy, standing out as its leading scorer during his tenure. He was named All-American in 2007 and 2008 by US Youth Soccer, ranked 68th in the nation by ESPN Rise, and named one of the top 150 players to reach the college ranks upon joining Fordham last season by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Fordham regarded Tommy as their top freshman signing last season, as he aided the Rams in their offensive attack. In 17 games, Tommy started 8 in his first season, providing a game-winning goal and some vital assists in Fordham’s campaign.
Andy Hoggarth, Head Coach, “We’re very excited to have Tommy. He’s a gifted, young player that gives us a chance to work with and develop hopefully for years to come. He allows us some longevity with a lot of time left at Fordham and in D1 Soccer. His European experience as a youth is also a huge advantage in his play and development. David Schmac, Director of Player Personnel, “Tommy is instant energy on the field. You can tell he just feels comfortable on the pitch and once he becomes familiar with the NPSL sides we face, I feel he’s going to be a type of asset on AFC that we’ve yet to see. The more we get to know him as an individual, we become more and more excited for his future in the sport.