As World Cup opens in Brazil, Cleveland Crunch celebrate 20-year anniversary of indoor championship

CLEVELAND - The last time Cleveland won a championship of a professional franchise was 20 years ago. That’s if you count the Cleveland Crunch that won the indoor soccer championship in 1994.

“We kind of like to say it’s the championship Cleveland has been waiting for,” said Tim Tyma, a former member of the Crunch.

Thursday, in the lobby of the Ernst and Young Tower, it was the 20th anniversary match with the crunch members and Cleveland Force members.

They were surrounded by about 100 people that came to watch the old timers dig out those old kicks and knock the ball around.

“It was a blast,” said Otto Orf, the former goalkeeper. “I look at some of the pictures in the mullet days back in the mid-90’s."

The event was hosted by Lago Restaurant, which plans to host tournament matches after the World Cup games.

You must sign up by June 17 and the winning team will get $5000 dollars.

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