America’s Got Talent Review for June 5th 2018

The talent (and lack there of) is back! Another week, another group of acts that will leave you in awe, or cringing, for the week to come. Let’s go over some of the most memorable from June 5th, 2018.

The dance team from the Dominican Republic. I could imagine that somewhere in the DR there is a youngster imagining themselves under the lights performing for Simon, Mel B, Howie, and Heidi. This may not have been the highlight of the night, not the golden buzzer, but it was the act that captured my imagination. They are an early front runner for me. One move in particular saw ‘dancer A’ extending his knee forward, allowing ‘dancer B’ to step up onto it with one foot and placing the top of his other foot behind ‘dancer A’s head, at this point a third dancer dove through dancer B’s legs towards the audience. Yes that was as confusing to write as it was beautifully executed. They are through the the next round and I’m ready to see what they bring.

Ugh, such a heart wrenching story. I love to hear of people chasing their dreams, it is such a hard journey for anyone. The fact that this woman was told that her skill wasn’t enough because of her weight… terrible. I’d like to think that somewhere her jaw dropping performance dropped the jaw of whoever called her fat, and that said jaw remains locked so it can’t speak nonsense any more. That was mean. ANYWAY! The skill was undeniable. I spent most of the performance impressed with the skill and control but anxiously awaiting the crescendo. Waiting for that moment that would make her voice the one to remember for the night, it came at the end. Standing ovation worthy, and likely… calling it now, at least a semi-finals worthy act.

More so just mean than funny. I wasn’t sure what to expect when he walked out, sorta looking like a blonde Oompa Loompa. I expected a sort of physical comedy, slap stick type of performance. Than the punch line on Tyra was just rude, not funny, just shocking. I knew this was an act that Simon would like. It’s his type of anti-hero performance. It was funny just how cringe worthy it was with what he said to the judges. It was entertaining to see once, but not needed to be seen again.

The golden buzzer of the night. My goodness. We could all do well to strive in similar steps of this man. The person that he is off the stage, with adoption and such, is simply mentor worthy. Such an incredible family. The performance itself started a bit shaky. No doubt that can be attributed to nerves. Absolutely can hear what Simon did as well, there is a unique almost texture to the voice. I don’t know that I see this act getting further than the quarter finals of the live shows. It will likely survive one elimination. But the Golden Buzzer was earned, no doubt, before this man even stepped on stage, it was locked in half way through the song. Good singer, great person, golden.

Next week will apparently feature some type of augmented reality performance. Should be interesting. Either way, I am pumped to have AGT back!

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ROYALS: Cleveland Face FC Buffalo and Rochester in Critical Stretch

Royals looking for bounce back weekend.

The Royals will look to build separation between themselves and FC Buffalo, who sit at the bottom of the Midwest East table with two points in three matches. AFC Cleveland host the Wolves Friday, and will attempt to win their first league home match of the season after drawing Dayton Dynamo and falling to Erie Commodores earlier in the season. Regaining dominant home form will be important for the Royals, whose undefeated record at Stan Skoczen Stadium propelled them to a national championship last season.

FC Buffalo will travel to Cleveland having completed a come-from-behind draw against Rochester Lancers Saturday, where they out-shot their opponents 20-5. Despite the lopsided shot chart, FC Buffalo settled for the draw behind goalscorer Cameron Emerson. The visiting Wolves will be missing Chris Walter against AFC Cleveland, who was sent off against the Lancers after a battle with former Royal, Antonio Manfut, who also received red on the play.

After Friday’s match, the Royals travel to Bob Boozer Field Sunday for their first league tie with the Rochester Lancers. The Lancers enter the weekend on a three-game unbeaten run capped by a convincing 3-0 victory against Fort Pitt Regiment. Rochester will also be in action Friday with a home match against Syracuse FC.

AFC Cleveland will be playing catch-up in the standings to the newly rebranded Lancers, who are currently three points ahead of the Royals after five games played. Fans can also expect Antonio Manfut to return Sunday to face his former teammates, with whom he won a national championship in 2016.

To the see the Royals in action Friday, tickets can be purchased at afccleveland.com/tickets. Also be sure to tune into afccleveland.com for live updates during Sunday’s match against the Rochester Lancers.

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Royals Victorious In Tournament Opener

Royals knock off Christos FC 2-1

INDEPENDENCE, OH (TM216) — The AFC Cleveland Royals grab a 2-1 win in the first round of the Hank Steinbrecher via a last-gasp combination between 90’ substitutes Reymar Klotchko and Ian Larson. The win sets up a cup final between the Royals and PDL club Michigan Bucks at Stan Skoczen Stadium June 3 at 7:30 pm.

AFC Cleveland got out to a quick start thanks to a 3’ Tom Beck goal after receiving a brilliant deep pass from Mike Derezic. Playing from ahead, the Royals kept pressure on their opponents and searched for a second against their Maryland-based opponents. Christos FC, who thrive in cup competitions, kept the Royals honest and nearly broke through with an equalizer on multiple occasions in the first half.

Christos FC would find their equalizer in the 61’ from forward Pete Caringi as the Royals were temporarily down a man with centerback Coletun Long receiving treatment for an apparent leg injury. The rest of the match involved end-to-end opportunities for both clubs, but it appeared the match would be decided in extra time as the score remained tied late in the 90’.

On the last few touches of the game, Larson was given the ball near the left endline before sending a hopeful cross into the box. Klotchko used his fresh legs to elevate above the Christos defense and head home the winning goal.

First Half Summary

Tom Beck put the Royals ahead in the 3’ with a clean shot past Christos goalkeeper Brad Benzing. Derezic saw his right winger making a blistering run down the right side and lobbed a leading ball which landed near the 18-yard line. Beck positioned himself between the ball and outside defender and used his first touch to put himself in a scoring area. Beck calmly drove his shot past Benzing.

Brian Potocnik started an opportunity by gaining possession deep in the Christos attacking end via a turnover and advanced possession for a counter attack opportunity in the 6’. The midfielder tried to play Ben Truax into space in front of goal, but the pass rolled beyond the reach of Truax and out of play.

Christos FC attacking mid Danny Baxter nearly tied the match in the 12’ after shooting from the right corner of the goal area. The shot was driven low across the face of goal, but drifted inches away from the left goalpost.

A Ryan Ware cross connected with Traux at the near post in the 17’. The forward managed a touch toward goal with the outside of his foot, but the attempt was easily corralled by Benzing.

Josh Taylor looked to score in the 22’ after the Royals conceded a free kick in a dangerous area. A short pass was played along the left wing and crossed into the box. The scuffle in the box resulted in an opportunity for Taylor, who kicked the ball into the net before realizing the assistant referee waved for offsides.

Baxter played a searching ball with the outside of the foot in the 23’ to a streaking Elton Joe, who zipped past the Royals defense and headed a shot wide left of the post.

Ware put an outstanding curled attempt from the top of the box in the 33’. The shot seemed destined for the top right corner before Benzing stretched to push the ball just over the crossbar.

The Royals had another opportunity to score in the 45’ when Admir Suljevic played Beck through into the box. Beck used a spin move to beat an initial defender, then launched a shot that was blocked by another Christos defender. Ware moved in for a secondary shot, but also saw his shot blocked by the swarming Christos defense.

Second Half Summary

Jordan Becker put the Royals under pressure immediately in the second half with a cross that nearly connected with forward Pete Caringi. Royals goalkeeper Alex Ivanov dove forward to punch the ball away from trouble.

AFC Cleveland countered with a chance of their own minutes later as Truax found Beck alone on the right wing. Beck took a couple dribbles along the endline before squaring a pass across the face of goal. Despite the traffic in front of goal, the ball was not met by an attacker for a shot.  

Royals defender Coletun Long left the pitch in the 57’ with an apparent leg injury, but returned to the game in the 62’ to bring the home side back to full strength.

In the meantime, Christos FC used the man advantage to find an equalizer in the 61’. Pete Caringi finished a pass from Levi Houapeu that was lofted over the shorthanded AFC Cleveland defense.

Tom Beck once again generated an opportunity along the right side, dribbling towards goal and locating Suljevic alone less than 10 yards from goal. The captain’s shot went well over the bar and out of play.

The home crowd erupted in the 77’ with appeals for a penalty kick when right back Chris Cvecko was knocked down in the box, but no foul was given by the head referee.

As the Royals continued to roam freely along the right flank, Cvecko once again found Suljevic near the penalty mark in the 79’. Suljevic attempted a headed shot towards goal, but saw the shot sail just above the crossbar.

AFC Cleveland was sure they had gotten the late go-ahead goal from a counter attack in the 82’. Substitute Dan Koniarczyk advanced possession deep into the attacking third before laying the ball to Truax, who took a dribble past Saunders and looked to finish in front of an open net. The shot was incredibly blocked by a Christos defender at the goalline, denying the clear chance.

Reymar Klotchko had barely been on the pitch for a minute before burying the game-winning goal off a cross from left-back Ian Larson, another 90’ substitute, which effectively ended Christos’ hopes for a cup final appearance.

With the late winner, AFC Cleveland earned a spot in the June 3 Hank Steinbrecher Cup Final against the winner of the first game of the night, Michigan Bucks. The game will be played at after the third-place matchup between Christos FC and Chicago FC, with an estimated kickoff time of 7:30 pm.

B.O.B Coming to Cleveland!

Bobby Ray returns to Cleveland!

CLEVELAND, OH (TM216) — Break out those Bobby Ray Bands, B.O.B has announced he will be making his way to the House of Blues in Cleveland.

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This six-time Grammy Nominee is just days away from dropping his new piece, Ether:

New music, new tour. On Wednesday, June 14th, the “STFU” tour will take to the stage in the home of rock and roll. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

BUT! Before you check out the new music on May 12th, why not grab the classics!? Click the albums below to check out the work on Amazon:

   

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