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Atlanta soccer weekend, June 19-20

• The Atlanta Beat scored its first victory in Women’s Professional Soccer Saturday but even more impressively did so without its full contingent of players that has been enhanced since the folding of St. Louis Athletica.

The Beat doesn’t have much time to enjoy its victory, however, as it plays host to Philadelphia Wednesday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennesaw State soccer complex.

• Atlanta FC got a point in NPSL play Saturday in a 1-1 draw with FC Chattanooga.

• The Atlanta Blackhawks trailed Mississippi 3-0 Saturday in their PDL contest at Alpharetta High School, then staged a late comeback, scoring twice in the last eight minutes for a 3-3 draw.

• The Silverbacks women got back on the winning track in the W-League with a 2-0 clean sheet over Tampa Bay Hellenic.

June 21, 2010   1 Comment

Atlanta soccer weekend wrap, June 5-6

• Five new starters — all formerly with the St. Louis Athletica — graced the Atlanta Beat’s starting lineup Sunday, but a 0-0 draw with Chicago keeps the Beat winless in Women’s Professional Soccer.

New goalkeeper Hope Solo did preserve Atlanta’s second point of the season with a tremendous diving save in the 87th minute.

The Beat is off next week, then plays host to the Red Stars on June 19.

Atlanta FC fell to Rocket City United 2-1 on Saturday in an NPSL Southeast Division regular season contest. The next home game is July 3 against the Birmingham Pumas.

• The Atlanta Blackhawks of the Professional Development League were off last week, but play host to New Orleans Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Alpharetta High School.

• The Atlanta Silverbacks of the W-League also were idle, and are at home at Silverbacks Park Saturday to face the Tampa Bay Hellenic in a 7:30 p.m. start.

• Gwinnett Soccer Association teams won six titles at the Georgia State Cup tournament, earning four on the girls’ side and two boys’ titles. The Concorde Fire Elite boys teams won the 13, 14 and 15 age groups, while AFC Lightning Club claimed one title each for girls and boys.

June 7, 2010   No Comments

It’s Atlanta Derby Day!

You don’t have to get all gussied up, or wear a fancy hat, or gulp down mint juleps — unless you want to — but there’s a little game down at Badgett Park in College Park Saturday featuring two Atlanta sides that might get your Derby juices flowing.

Okay, it’s only a exhibition, but Atlanta FC vs. the Atlanta Blackhawks is part of a full day of action on Soccer in the Streets Day. It’s the closest thing to a soccer Derby that we’ve got around here.

The SITS Under-12 team plays at 1 p.m., followed by its Under-14 team at 3 p.m. with the Derby-of-sorts (Battle of Atlanta?) kicking off at 5 p.m. The Under-19 squad plays at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for the whole enchilada. Badgett Park is located at 3636 College Street in the heart of College Park.

Our good friend Jason Longshore of SITS talks to the NPSL Insider about his involvement with the FC.

The Blackhawks are back for their second season in the Professional Development League, which is under the auspices of the United Soccer Leagues.

Update: Final score is Atlanta FC 2, Atlanta Blackhawks 0.

Things appear to have settled down in lower-division North American soccer since last summer’s fiasco between the USL and some breakaway owners, including the Atlanta Silverbacks, who may or not be playing in the newly-formed NASL next season.

The AJC talks to the Atlanta-based Nu Rock Soccer Holdings duo who bought the USL stable, a transaction that set off the firestorm, but it doesn’t really express how hostile matters got.

The Atlanta Beat remains on the road tonight, playing Philadelphia in a battle of expansion teams. But the Beat’s new home is just about done, and they’re inviting everyone up to Kennesaw Sunday afternoon to have a look around.

Update: The Beat remains winless after falling 1-0 to the Independence.

May 1, 2010   1 Comment

Blackhawks, Silverbacks close out home schedules

Crunch time for two of Atlanta’s three developmental level soccer teams comes this weekend as the Atlanta Blackhawks and the Atlanta Silverbacks play their regular season home finales.

The Atlanta Blackhawks of the Professional Developmental League play host to the Missisippi Brilla Friday at 7 p.m. at Alpharetta High School. The Blackhawks are 2-8-1 with 12 points in the Southeast Division of the PDL, which is in the United Soccer Leagues umbrella.

Atlanta knocked off division-leading Bradenton last weekend and has the chance to play the role of spoiler again with Mississippi chasing a post-season berth.

After the game fans are invited to join team members and coaches at Jeffrey’s Sports Bar and Grill, 11585 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta.

Also on Friday, the Silverbacks women of the USL’s W-League will attempt to secure the Atlantic Division crown against the Charlotte Lady Eagles. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Silverbacks Park. The Silverbacks are 9-8-1 with 24 points, four clear of Tampa Bay, with three regular season games remaining.

On Saturday, Atlanta FC of the National Premier Soccer League plays at Pumas FC.

Like PDL, the NPSL is a developmental circuit that is affiliated with the U.S. Adult Soccer Association. Atlanta FC and Pumas are locked in a three-way battle for second place in the Southeast Division with Chattanooga FC.

July 9, 2009   No Comments