Club veterans Vinny Bell and Tom Beck have agreed to return to AFC Cleveland for the 2017 NPSL season. Bell and Beck have both been Royals since the club’s inception and will enter their sixth season as the club’s longest-tenured players.
Bell, a center forward and consistent goal-scoring threat, returns coming off a career year and legendary performance in the 2016 NPSL National Championship match. Bell’s two goals helped lift the club to its first national title and earned him Man of the Match honors for the championship game.
The Parma Heights native also found the net four times during the 2016 regular season and added three more goals during the playoffs, while also recording five assists across all competitions in 2016.
Tom Beck will occupy the right wing once again for AFC Cleveland in 2017. Beck also played a pivotal role in the Royals’ championship campaign, recording a goal and an assist during the playoffs.
Beck, from Poland, OH, will bring his tireless motor and creative mindset to the club’s attack for another season.
Beck credits the pride in representing his city and the relationships he’s built with his teammates as reasons for remaining with the club over the past six seasons.
“The group of guys we have makes it that much more special because of how tight-knit, family-like the atmosphere is,” said Beck. “Seeing our dedication to each other, the team and the game is my favorite part of being a part of AFC Cleveland.”
Beck also highlights the chemistry he’s developed with Bell over the course of their AFC Cleveland careers.
“Vinny’s passion for the game was demonstrated through his work ethic on the field and his commitment to the team, each season we’ve grown closer as teammates and as friends and I think it shows on the pitch,” said Beck.
Bell and Beck will join their Royals teammates in opening the season at home at Stan Skoczen Stadium Saturday, May 13 against Dayton Dynamo. Season tickets are now available at afccleveland.com/tickets