Midfielder Admir Suljevic is set to return for the 2016 season. Suljevic became an undisputed starter last season and was pivotal to the Royals’ playoff run, which included an appearance in the Midwest Conference Final.
“I thought we had a pretty good year last year and as soon as I heard Carter was coming back I decided to return,” says Suljevic. “I like the competition at this level and it’s always fun with the group of guys we have and the coaching staff.”
Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Admir Suljevic joined the Royals last season after an illustrious college career with the Cleveland State Vikings. During his tenure there, Suljevic was regularly named to the All-Horizon League First Team. His senior year, Suljevic led the team with 12 assists despite missing half of the season due to an injury.
Suljevic joined AFC Cleveland last season and quickly adapted to the team’s style under Poe, orchestrating play for the Royals and becoming a leader on the field. By the end of the season, Suljevic had been named to the 2015 All-NPSL Second Team.
“Admir was one of our best players last year. He’s very technical, very intelligent; he’s great at controlling games, great at possession. I think if you’re going to be a good team you have to have good players in the center of the field,” said Head Coach Carter Poe.
Suljevic believes the team is capable of reaching higher heights this season.
“I think we can do well again, I think we can have another good year and maybe push it a little bit further than we did last year,” said Suljevic.
Fans can see Admir Suljevic and the rest of the Royals back in action on May 14, when he suits up for AFC Cleveland’s 2016 NPSL home opener against Indy Eleven NPSL.