Every Labor Day weekend, the city of Atlanta hosts one of the nation’s most prestigious tournaments, the Atlanta Cup. The vaunted Cup Division, the highest level of play, is always stocked with state champions and finalists. Getting into the top bracket is an accomplishment in itself, winning it is often times a mere pipe dream for most.
This year, three FC Alliance teams brought home the title! The 01 boys, coached by Darrick Lubell, and the 94 boys, coached by Jon Schneider and the 95B Red coached by Steven Townley, all won championships. Only three other clubs, GSA Phoenix, Concorde Fire, and Atlanta Fire United, can tout two champions in the highest division. To illustrate the gravity of this feat, it should be noted that all three of those other clubs claim a national championship on their resumes. Considering no team from Tennessee has ever even qualified for the national finals, this shows that FC Alliance is mingling with some elite company.
The 00 boys won all five of their games, including a thrilling 2-1 championship win over GSA. Other triumphs included wins over Cobb FC, AFC Lightning, and Georgia FC. A funny thing happened in the 4-1 semifinal win over Cobb FC. Goalkeeper Seth Oren punted the ball the length of the field for a goal. Considering Lubell’s team is known for skill and excellent combination play, it certainly was out of character, but any win in the Atlanta Cup is a good win.
The 94 boys won their third Atlanta Cup championship in five years. They won the title at U13, U15, and now at U17. It took penalty kick shootouts in both the semifinals and finals, but the boys once again got it done. Notable wins included over GSA Phoenix, Vestavia Steamers, NASA Elite, and Norcross Fury. The Knoxville News-Sentinel helped celebrate the win with this exciting article: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/sep/12/fc-alliance-94-captures-atlanta-cup/.
Congratulations to all teams and their coaches for representing FC Alliance well!