Atlanta soccer scene
It was a very interesting week on the Atlanta soccer scene. Let’s take a look…
(Atlanta – GA / By Glenn Boylan)
The New York Cosmos clinched the NASL Fall Championship Saturday night with a win over San Antonio. The Cosmos will now face the Atlanta Silverbacks – two weeks in a row.
Saturday, November 2 is the final regular season game for both teams. Then they’ll face off again one week later in the NASL Soccer Bowl. Both games will be played in Atlanta at Silverbacks Park.
The win over San Antonio may be a costly one for New York. Marcos Senna was injured in the game and had to be subbed out in the first half. Senna is the Cosmos second leading goal scorer. Also at San Antonio, Dane Murphy, who replaced Senna, was given a direct red card. He’ll definitely miss the November 2 game. But since it was a direct red card, the NASL Disciplinary Committee will review the foul and has the discretion to add additional games to the suspension.
Meanwhile the Silverbacks will be glad to be back home. They are riding a 3 game home winning streak, but their last two road trips have not been good. Atlanta has been outscored 10-2 in their last two games – both away – and will be looking to return to their “home” form against the Cosmos.
The Kennesaw State University women’s soccer team headed into the weekend in good position for, but not assured of, a berth in the Atlantic Sun conference championship tournament. The Owls took care of that Friday night, when freshmen Maggie Gaughan of Marietta and Shannon Driscoll of Woodstock each scored against Jacksonville University to clinch a spot in the A-Sun tournament. A loss on Sunday afternoon to North Florida dropped the Owls to the #3 seed, but that still gives them a first round home game. KSU will face Lipscomb on November 2 at Fifth Third Stadium in Kennesaw.
The Georgia Gwinnett College soccer programs are working on two fantastic seasons and both the men and the women continued their winning ways this week.
The women’s team defeated Montreat in Lawrenceville on Thursday, and Truett-McConnell on Saturday. The Grizzlies won both games 2-0 to move to 12-3-1 on the season.
Not to be outdone, the men’s team took center stage in the Tourbeau Sports Group National Men’s Soccer Game of the Week. Senior Alex Joseph knocked home a beautiful header in the 81st minute to give GGC a 1-0 victory over Montreat in a game that was broadcast nationally. The men’s team is 11-4 so far this year.
The GGC men’s and women’s teams have two more regular season games before they will host the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament in Lawrenceville on November 15 and 16. The winner of the AII tournament will advance to NAIA national championship tournament. We’ll have more information on the GGC event soon in 10Soccer.
And if all of that wasn’t enough, Major League Soccer finished their regular season this weekend, with several teams jockeying for the final playoff berths and seedings.
In the Eastern Conference, New York, Kansas City, New England, Houston, and Montreal are in, with the Red Bulls winning the Supporters Shield.
In the Western Conference, Portland, Salt Lake, LA, Colorado, and Seattle made the playoffs.
But for MLS fans in the Southeast, perhaps the biggest news was the approval of the soccer-specific stadium in Orlando, which means MLS will award Orlando one of the upcoming expansion franchises. And there are strong rumors that Atlanta will get one of the other expansion teams.
If you’re a soccer fan, make sure you get out to Silverbacks Park, Fifth Third Stadium, and the Grizzly Athletics complex during the next 3 weeks for what promises to be some fantastic playoff soccer action.
For more information, go to: http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com; http://www.ksuowls.com; and http://www.grizzlyathletics.com.