MANCHESTER - The Vermont Voltage have been training at Southern Vermont College in Bennington this week in preparation for their home opener on May 24 in Manchester at Applejack Field against CFC Azul.

When the two teams met last season, neither could be bested and the game ended in a draw. Coming into Saturday's game - which will begin at 6 p.m. - both teams will be looking for their first win.

This year marks a special season for the Voltage; being the first team from Vermont in history to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup. They are also hoping that this season's successes will qualify them for the Open Cup again next year.

This year's Voltage team is a very young one, with only two players returning from last year's team. Players from the best collegiate soccer programs from across the country such as Canisius College, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Grand Canyon University, Siena College, Southwestern Christian University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Mount Mercy University, and Keene State College; have travelled to play their soccer in Vermont.

What this new Voltage team lacks in PDL experience, these young Division I athletes and All-Americans will make up in raw talent and determination. Only two games into the season, the Voltage had hoped for a better start, but finished both games on the losing side. However the young players have looked bright during those games, playing great possession soccer almost mimicking the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal.

"We have a very young team, but we are looking to compete and represent [Vermont] in the best possible way," said coach Bo Vuckovic.

The Voltage have a new partnership with Carbone Auto this year which will give fans who attend Voltage home games a chance to enter a drawing to win a brand new car at the end of the season. Along with that there will be countless half time promotions, prizes, and give-a-ways at all Voltage games.