Midfielder Keith Savage is just beginning his 3rd season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. He has quite the background and experience when it comes to soccer considering he’s played for numerous professional and semi professional teams since finishing his college career. However, Keith isn’t the only one in his family that has a passion for the sport; rather it was his father that began the Savage tradition in the NASL.
Keith’s father, Bruce, also grew up playing soccer and helped shape Keith into the player that he is today. With the upbringing that Keith had due to his father’s passion for the game, it makes sense that Keith would fall under a similar path. Keith’s father played over 10 seasons in the U.S., featuring a one-year stint in the 1982 season with the Rowdies historical rival, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.
“My dad grew up playing professionally and I never thought that I would follow in his footsteps,” commented Savage. “To have the opportunity to play professionally and in the same league as my dad is pretty unique. Even though I was able to lift the NASL Soccer Bowl Trophy last year, I am nowhere near the player he was.”
With the season opener ending in a scoreless draw, the Rowdies look to improve in their next game as they look for their first win in the 2013 NASL Spring Season.
“I’m looking forward to another season and getting better every year,” stated the Florida native. “This is my third year now with the Rowdies. We’ve improved as a team every year and I hope we can play good soccer for the fans. We won the championship last year and our goal this season is to keep the cup in Tampa Bay.”
The Rowdies will continue their quest to defend the NASL Soccer Bowl title next week, when they travel to play the 2012 regular season champions San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday, April 13. The game will be the first-ever NASL match played in the Scorpions’ newly built 8,500-seat soccer-specific stadium, Toyota Field.
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