The AFC Cleveland Royals have officially announced the return of midfielder Alec Nagucki to their 2017 roster.
Nagucki was last a member of the Royals in 2015, when he made eight appearances for the club, and now brings critical depth in the defensive midfield to a team in the hunt for the NPSL playoffs.
Nagucki will soon be heading into his senior year at Cleveland State University, where he has become an essential member of the Vikings starting lineup. Nagucki’s addition makes him the eighth current or former Cleveland State player in the 2017 AFC Cleveland squad, allowing him to enter the team with an established familiarity he says helped him decide to return.
“I’ve played with most of these players before, and some I’ve played with my entire life,” said Nagucki. “I look forward to helping this team in any way I can, and to represent the city of Cleveland the best way I know how.”
Nagucki, from Medina, has been an iron-man throughout his collegiate career, appearing in every possible Viking regular season match and starting in 49 of 55 total matches. He also tallied three goals and four assists from the defensive midfield position.
As a junior, Nagucki earned a spot on the Horizon League First Team after appearing on the Horizon League All Newcomer Team as a freshman. The new Royals addition also received accolades during his tenure at St. Ignatius High School, where he won state championships his freshman and sophomore seasons. He would also be named a top 150 recruit for the class of 2014 by College Soccer News after playing with Internationals Soccer Academy.
Nagucki is ready and committed to bringing a second championship to the AFC Cleveland Royals, and his past experience with the club and its players has helped him quickly understand expectations ahead of their playoff push.
“I always enjoy being part of a team with high standards and expectations — It helps players demand the most from each other, and that kind of commitment is what builds great teams,” said Nagucki. “At AFC Cleveland, this mentality is always clear, with the ultimate goal of defending a national championship.”
There are only two more home regular season matches to take in at Stan Skoczen Stadium before the NPSL playoffs begin. Tickets to see Nagucki and the rest of the Royals go for a league double this Saturday against Syracuse FC are now available at afccleveland.com/tickets.
Photo Credit: Cleveland State Athletics