Thursday, August 1, 2013

Watch some old-school Cleveland indoor soccer

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

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Do you have two hours free and yearn for the days of non-ironic mustaches and soccer played on astro-turf-covered hockey rinks? I knew you did.

This morning, Youtube user eddiebear60 uploaded the full broadcast of Major Indoor Soccer League's 1990-91 final game between the Cleveland Crunch and San Diego Shockers. The Cleveland Crunch drop game six, and the best-of-seven series, but it's still an entertaining broadcast reminiscent of Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn's Dodgeball movie (on ESPN8, "The Ocho"). The videos starts with a recap of game five — played at the Crunch's home field at the Richfield Colosseum, which closed a couple years later — and the game kicks off at the 10 minute mark.

The Crunch lose the game, but don't get too depressed, there's also a Youtube of the Crunch winning the 1994 National Professional Soccer League championship (two years after the MISL folded). Jeff Phelps, the current cohost of Fox Sports Ohio's "Cavaliers Live" and The FAN's "Baskin & Phelps," was a broadcaster for Cleveland's WUAB and excitedly announced the end of Cleveland's championship drought:

Cleveland's gone 30 years without a championship, the last one was the Browns in 1964. The Crunch changed that, though, in double overtime against St. Louis in the Convocation Center

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