by Andriana Ruscitto

Editor's Note: This article was originally published at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 2 and was updated at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 2 to reflect that the Crunch will not retire Hector Marinaro's jersey number, #21, on Jan. 28, as he cannot be in attendance. The Crunch will still retire Zoran Karic's jersey number Jan. 28, and the organization plans to retire Marinaro's jersey number at a later date. 

CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Crunch will host the Detroit Waza at the IX Center, Jan. 28 for its 2022-23 Major League Indoor Soccer season home opener, and will take on the Rapid City FC at 1 p.m. the following day, Jan. 29. 

The Cleveland Crunch (2-1) are coming off two consecutive wins and are looking to keep the momentum going against the Detroit Waza (0-2). In its last matchup Dec. 19, the Crunch defeated the Waza 7-4 at the Detroit City Fieldhouse. 

Prior to its home opener Jan. 28, the Cleveland Crunch will retire jersey number #16 Zoran Karic. Karic, a 9x All-Star, helped lead the Crunch to three championships in the 1990s. The Crunch also plans to retire jersey number #21 Hector Marinaro, a 14x All-Star and 6x league MVP, who also helped lead the Crunch to three championships, at a later date. The Crunch organization is excited to officially retire these two jersey numbers to honor and commemorate the achievements of these two great players. 

Don't miss this exciting matchup and the chance to see an iconic jersey number retired! Fans can purchase tickets through the Ticketswift app, with single game tickets starting at $15. Parking at the IX Center is $10. Doors will open at 6:15pm, with the game kicking off at 7pm. 

The Cleveland Crunch will be back in action at 1:00 p.m. Jan. 29 at the IX Center to host Rapid City FC. Tickets for Sunday’s matchup are also available via the TicketSwift app.