Rovers kick off campaign

New Premier Development League outfit River City Rovers make their debut against Akron at Centurion Soccer Field, English Station Road at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The 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.

The Rovers’ squad comprises players from ages 17-30, many of which play with college teams, including New Albany’s Nathan Driggers, now with Bellarmine.

Others include University of Louisville’s Ryan Smith and Buck Tufty, and Jacob Kemper with the University of Kentucky.

Rovers warmed up with a 3-1 friendly victory over Louisville Soccer Alliance’s adult team last week.

The opener with Akron will be followed by another home game against Michigan Bucks at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Game day tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for youths ages 3-14, while children under 2 will be admitted free. Season tickets are also available.

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

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