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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   273 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   7 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   104 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

Send us your Atlanta Cup photos!

The Atlanta Cup is over, but the memories will live on. Atlanta Soccer News is inviting parents, players and youth associations to submit photos from the action of one of the largest tournaments in the country.

Please send your photos as .jpg attachments to: and we’ll post them in the coming days. Please identify teams and players and any results of games shown in the photos.

The following shots were taken by yours truly from Monday’s finals at the Metro North fields in Cobb County. We’d love to have yours too!

The Girls Under-11 finals featured North Carolina's Lake Norman Soccer Club 98 Lady Black (light blue) and the winners (in dark blue) from Birmingham United North 99 Girls Blue from Alabama.

The Girls Under-11 finals featured North Carolina's Lake Norman Soccer Club 98 Lady Black (light blue) and the winners (in dark blue) from Birmingham United North 99 Girls Blue in Alabama.

West Georgia FC United 94 Premier (in black) topped Gwinnett Soccer Association 94 Phoenix Red in the Under-16 boys A division finals.

West Georgia FC United 94 Premier (in black) topped Gwinnett Soccer Association 94 Phoenix Red in the Under-16 boys A division finals.

September 7, 2009   No Comments

North Atlanta U-19 boys vie for national title

The North Atlanta Soccer Association ’08 Elite Under 19 boys team has scored only one goal, but two draws helped it reach the title game of the U.S. Youth Soccer national championships Sunday in Lancaster, Mass.

In the McGuire Cup finals on Sunday at 10:15 a.m., NASA will meet Baltimore Casa Mia Bays 1990. The two teams, which come in with five points apiece, played to a scoreless draw in their opening match. On Friday, NASA also produced a 0-0 result with the Pike Indy Burn Eagles.

Here’s more information from the USYSANC Web site.

In the boys Under 16 tournament, the Gwinnett Soccer Association’s Phoenix Red 93 team was ousted after finishing in last place in the six-team group. The GSA 92 Phoenix Red Under 17 girls also were eliminated after three draws in group play.

July 25, 2009   No Comments

Atlanta teams competing in U.S. Youth nationals

It’s raining today in New England, where the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships are being played, and there are three metro Atlanta youth contingents in action.

On Thursday the North Atlanta Soccer Association Elite Under 19 boys downed the Colorado Rush Nike 1-0 on a goal in the third minute by Christopher Klute. The Gwinnett Soccer Association Phoenix Red Under 16 boys played to a 2-2 draw with Campton United Navy of Illinois as Walker Zimmerman and Ado Junuzovic scored. (Here are all of Thursday’s boys scores.)

On the girls side Thursday, the GSA Phoenix Red Under 17 also played to a 2-2 draw with Eclipse Select of Illinois as Kimberly Spence and Alexa Newfield notched goals.

GSA is “Tweeting” updates from its team’s games here during the tournament.

Here’s the official tournament Web site, with scores, schedules, standings and other information.

Real-time developments from all games also are on the USYSNC’s Twitter feed, which also has updates on the weather.

July 24, 2009   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