River City Rovers kick off second season

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University of Louisville senior Ryan Smith is ready for a second season with PDL outfit River City Rovers. Submitted photo.

Premier Development League outfit River City Rovers begins its second campaign this Thursday (May 17) when it takes on Cincinnati Kings at Centurion Soccer Field, English Station Road in Louisville (7 p.m.).

The 73-team PDL, part of the United Soccer Leagues, is seen as a shop window for Major League Soccer clubs looking to discover and identify aspiring professionals.

Rovers compete in the eight-team Great Lakes Division, with the likes of Chicago Fire, Chicago Inferno, Toronto Lynx and Michigan Bucks.

The River City squad comprises players from ages 17-30, many of which play or played with college teams.

Rovers are coached by Muhamed Fazlagic, while Nathan Pitcock is the new associate head coach.

“This year we have bigger player pool and —  I hope —  better quality,” Fazlagic said. “We are a year older and wiser.”

“In addition to our franchise players from the last year — Ryan Smith, Dustin Downey and Peter May — we have added Two-Boy Gumede, a former UAB star; Fabricio Pittaluga, a great player from Miami; and Damir Turko from Texas A & M.

“These three alone are promising more goals this year and therefore give us a better record.”

Game day tickets cost $7 for adults and youths, while children under 2 will be admitted free (parking $2). Season tickets are also available.

For further information, check out the team’s website at http://www.roverssoccer.com

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