Tommy joined the Royals a month into the 2012 season, scoring the game winning goal versus Binghamton in his debut. He then went on to score the game-tying goal versus Detroit City FC in the dying minutes of the Rust Belt Derby Finale, allowing the Royals to raise the 2012 Rust Belt Cup trophy. It was also an extra time goal on a free-kick in the 91′ minute versus the same Detroit City FC side, which opened the door for the expansion AFC Cleveland to meet the Erie Admirals in the conference championship. In total, Schmitt tallied 4 goals and 1 assist in a shortened campaign.
Tommy brings a slew of athletic and academic accolades out of his tenure with the Akron Zips and prior. He’s held all-conference and all-state awards from most of his experiences on the pitch. The Royals are excited to bring back another component of its 2012 successes into 2013.
Andy Hoggarth, Head Coach, “I’m delighted to be able to bring Tommy back into the squad. The quality, work rate and desire he brings is first class and obviously his goal scoring ability is fantastic. I’m sure the fans will join me in welcoming him back to AFC Cleveland.
David Schmac, Player Personnel, “We’re elated to have Tommy back, especially to begin the season this time around. He brings his own style of play, confidence and grit to the game that can and will wear down opponents. We’re hoping, like many of our other additions this season, that he can take us to the next level and can continue to grow as a player with a bright future in the sport.”