The Alpharetta Ambush cruised to the U.S. Youth Soccer Association’s Under-17 boys national championship last week, dominating both group play and the finals, defeating a St. Louis team 4-1.
The Ambush was the only Georgia team to win a national title this year. GSA’s Phoenix Red team, which also made the boys U-17 field, tied the Ambush 1-1 in group play.
Forward Karl Chester, who is committed to play college soccer at Alabama-Birmingham, scored seven goals during the tournament, which was played in Overland Park, Kan.
Also reaching the nationals were the Concorde Fire Elite (U-13 boys), NASA Elite II (U-16 girls) and AFC Lightning (U-18 girls).
July 27, 2010 251 Comments
It’s been a busy weekend in one of the most prestigious national youth tournaments in the country as the U.S. Youth Soccer Association’s regional events are reaching the latter stages.
A total of seven boys and seven girls teams from the metro Atlanta area were still alive as quarterfinal play was slated to get underway Monday at the Region III tournament at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
In the older age groups, the semifinals are set to begin on Tuesday, and in the Under-19 men’s division, an all-Atlanta championship match is a possibility. Both AFC Lightning Premier and North Atlanta SA Elite teams have reached the semifinals, but are facing local Texas clubs in the Dallas Texans Houston Red 90 and Solar 91, respectively.
In the women’s Under-19 class, Tophat Gold has reached the final four, while Under-17 teams Gwinnett Soccer Association (GSA) Phoenix Red 92 and AFC Lightning 92 White have advanced to the quarterfinals. Two Atlanta Under-16 clubs also have made the quarterfinals, with GSA Phoenix Red 93 pitted against Concorde Fire Elite on Monday. The Concorde Fire South’s Under-14 team also has made it to the knockout rounds.
Two Atlanta teams also will square off against one another in the Under-14 boys quarterfinals Monday when Concorde Fire South meets the Silverbacks Elites. Concorde Fire Elite is in the Under-15 quarterfinals, while the Alpharetta Ambush Red (Under-16) and 91 Norcross Fury Gold (Under-18) also have advanced.
June 22, 2009 No Comments