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Akron soccer gets a new venue
Pro development team will start play in May

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Summit Assault Coach Denzil Antonio with his first recruit, Cleveland State goalkeeper Brad Stuver
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Akron is marrying its image even more to soccer. The United Soccer Leagues announced today that a new team called the Akron Summit Assault will be added to its amateur Premier Development League. That means the team will play in the same city as the national men's soccer college champion University of Akron. David Laughlin is team president and says Akron is a natural fit.

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"We're all native here to Akron, we all support the University of Akron, and all the players. We want to give our homegrown player's an opportunity to stay local and strive."
The Premier Development League has 64 clubs in the U.S. and Canada. It augments college and other school programs. And some of the top talent at Akron U. also has been playing in the Great Lakes Division. That includes Darlington Nagbe --  who won the equivalent of college soccer's  Heisman Trophy this year.
The team will play its 16-game schedule at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in downtown Akron, under head coach Denzil Antonio, who was a four-year starter at Akron U. The season begins in mid-May.

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