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Alpharetta Ambush wins USYSA national title

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   194 Comments

Atlanta youth teams shine at USYSA regional

Four Atlanta youth soccer boys teams reached the finals of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association’s Division III championships in Baton Rouge last weekend, with the Alpharetta Ambush defeating Gwinnett Soccer Association’s Phoenix Red in the Under-17 finals.

Also taking home a trophy was the Concorde Fire Under-15 team, while that club’s Under-16 team was defeated in the finals.

Soccer America has all the particulars.

June 25, 2010   2 Comments

Atlanta youth soccer stars in U.S. boys camps

Two top players from Atlanta youth soccer clubs are spending part of their summer in the U.S. Soccer Federation’s boys national team program.

Forward DeAndre Robinson of the Gwinnett Soccer Association is spending this week at the Under 14 Boys National Team camp in New Jersey.

Also in New Jersey is defender Jacob Smith of Concorde Fire South, who is working out with the Under 15 Boys National Team.

In both camps players are participating in regular training sessions while scrimmaging against local clubs.

Smith participated with the U 15s in a previous camp in March in Florida, while Robinson traveled with the U 14s on a trip to Mexico this past spring.

June 16, 2010   10 Comments

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

Strong Atlanta presence at USYSA Region III

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.

Here’s a full schedule and list of results from the Region III tournament.

June 22, 2009   No Comments