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The Vermont Voltage soccer club begins its 15th season Saturday with a road game against MPS Portland Phoenix at 6 p.m.

The Voltage begin the home portion of their season May 21 with a rematch against Portland, one of the top teams in the Northeast Division of the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League.

‘We are extremely excited about the upcoming season,” said team owner Bo Vuckovic, who will play for the club again this season. “Our results in our preseason matches have been very encouraging.”

Vermont beat Soccer Club of Brossard (Quebec) 8-1 on May 7 and followed up with a 1-0 win over CSMRO Canada on Wednesday.

“We had really good possession in both matches,” said Vuckovic. “Lots of one, two-touch soccer and really good defense.

“We have seven returning players and 18 new players on our roster so it will take time for everyone to get to know each other and the Voltage style of play, but I am confident the players will respond to the challenge,” said Vuckovic.

The Phoenix have played one game already this season, a 1-0 win over the New Hampshire Phantoms. Michael Kennedy scored with an assist from Benjamin Havey and Andrew Murphy and Matt Williams combined for six saves.

The Northeast Division of the PDL has just five teams this season, with the Westchester Flames and the Brooklyn Knights now competing in the Mid-Atlantic Division.

Vermont will play each team in its division - the Phoenix, Phantoms, Western Mass Pioneers and Ottawa Fury - four times during the regular season.

The remainder of the 22-game schedule will be friendlies against all-star clubs and top-level amateur clubs not affiliated with the USL.

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