Cian McDonald Becomes Newest Member of AFC Cleveland

Dublin, Ireland’s Cian McDonald has agreed to join the Royals for our 2017 season.

The Irish midfielder grew up playing for Shelbourne FC in Dublin, and spent one season with Crumlin United before moving to the U.S. to play for Northern Kentucky University. McDonald led the Norse in goals and assists his senior year in college. McDonald was also a part of the Irish National Futsal team as a 16 and 17-year old.

McDonald’s post-collegiate career included time with the Cincinnati Kings, Brooklyn, NY club FA Euro, and Cincinnati Dutch Lions before beginning a coaching career with the Bowling Green State University women’s soccer team.

McDonald credits the Royals’ rich fan base and winning culture as reasons for joining the club.

“I am thrilled to be a part of AFC Cleveland as it is a club rich in talent and a fan base that seems to be extraordinary and one of, if not the best in the NPSL,” said McDonald. “Joining the NKU soccer program back in 2011 after winning the DII National Championship is a very similar situation to joining this AFC Cleveland team after their unforgettable 2016 campaign of winning the NPSL National Championship. I’m looking forward to, once again, being a part of a winning culture.”

Cian and the rest of the Royals open their season at home on May 13 against Dayton Dynamo. Season tickets are still available, or you can grab individual game tickets while supplies last at

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