Cleveland pro-soccer fans can reconnect with the past at tonight's NSL Indoor Soccer Challenge. The event arrives nearly a year after the Force folded. The main event pits Hector Marinaro, Zoran Koric, and other Cleveland all-stars against players from the new National Soccer League. At halftime, a Cleveland Legends game brings Force and Crunch veterans like Kai Haaskivi, PJ Johns, and Ali Kazemaini to the indoor field.
The game's organizers hope to introduce fans to the league, which officially launches in June 2008. "We're here to put on a show for the people of Cleveland and give them a taste of what they've been missing," says Sydney Nusinov, NSL's founder. "It'll also give them a chance to say a proper goodbye to some of their favorite players. While we're marking the end of one era, we hope we are laying the seeds of a new one."
Sat., Aug. 5, 7:05 p.m.