Savannah Clovers Football Club and La Liga de Savannah, the city’s grassroots latino adult soccer league, are set to play against one another in a unique exhibition match slated for this Friday, May 19 at Memorial Stadium. The game begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the gate or online ahead of time at gopassage.com. Admission is free for all Savannah Clovers season ticket holders and general admission tickets are $20.
A roster of 22 all-star players from the popular La Liga de Savannah were chosen to represent the local adult league. Those 22 will have the chance to play against professionals, under the lights, and on a professional pitch. It is also a good chance for many of the league’s players and fans to “meet” Savannah Clovers FC officially.
“As the first professional soccer club in the city’s history, Savannah Clovers have done a great job connecting to the local soccer community, and the league is thrilled to be a part of this unique opportunity,” said La Liga President, Roberto Nova in a press release. “The Latino community is rich in soccer culture. We are delighted to introduce the Savannah Clovers FC brand to all of our community.“
It’s hard to imagine something similar to compare it to, but the game is expected to be competitive, organized and operated in the same way as regular season NISA league games for Clovers FC. That means the amateurs from La Liga will be experiencing a professional match day environment from start to finish, and that’s likely an opportunity many of them have dreamed about.
“La Liga de Savannah has been an important part of Savannah’s soccer landscape for over 10 years,” said Clovers Director of Brand and Media, Jesse Aguirre. “This event is a great example of our motto: ‘Club, Culture, Community.’ It’s the way we intend to interact with our local community to help spread the world’s game.”
Savannah Clovers FC is in the midst of its inaugural season playing in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), a third-tier circuit within the United States Soccer league system. Through their first five matches, the Clovers are hovering in the middle of their division with a record of 1-2-2 and five total points. They have a -5 goal differential (four goals for, nine against), but a 5-0 loss on April 29 to Gold Star skews that statistic in the wrong direction.
Following the La Liga exhibition, the Clovers play what may prove to be the season’s most critical three-game stretch. Sitting in sixth place in the nine-team table, Savannah hosts seventh-place Albion San Die (four points) on May 27 and fifth-place LA Force on June 7 with a June 3 road match with fourth-place Michigan Stars sandwiched between the two home games. The Clovers, Force and Stars each enter this weekend with five points on the season.
For the latest news, stats, schedules and more information on Savannah Clovers FC visit the club’s official website at www.SavannahClovers.com and follow the Clovers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.