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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

North Atlanta Soccer aids African youth drive

The Cherokee Tribune profiles a native Kenyan who’s working to help needy children both in the Atlanta area and on his native continent, mainly through educational and athletic opportunities.

The North Atlanta Soccer Association is helping the cause by collecting soccer shoes and uniforms to be used by children in African countries.

September 28, 2009   1 Comment

Heartbreak for NASA boys, Silverbacks women

Goals near the end of either half sunk the North Atlanta Soccer Association’s Under 19 boys aspirations of a national championship Sunday as the Baltimore Casa Mia Bays claimed a 2-0 victory in the U.S. Youth Soccer Association’s national championships.

And on Friday, the Atlanta Silverbacks women’s playoff hopes came to a controversial end when Charlotte was awarded a late penalty kick to tie the game, then got the winning goal moments later it for a 2-1 win in the W-League Eastern Conference semifinals.

July 27, 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