Fuel Soccer Talk: Inter Atlanta FC is a club on the rise; Reaction to U.S. loss to Canada; Healthy snack options

On the rise: Inter Atlanta FC has grown by 700 players in last 3 years

US Youth Soccer has a great feature on Inter Atlanta FC, a growing club within the US Youth Soccer Piedmont Conference. Located near downtown Atlanta, this Georgia club boasts over 2,400 players across its recreational, academy and select programs, which is an increase of 700 players over the last three years. Inter Atlanta FC currently has 10 teams competing in the Piedmont Conference this season.

Inter Atlanta owns its fields as a club and recently upgraded its state-of-the-art Arizona Avenue Soccer Complex to three full-sized artificial turf fields with shock pads underneath. This upgrade also comes on the intention to have the fields FIFA certified in order for future World Cup teams to possibly use the facility as practice fields if Atlanta becomes a hosting city. Another location in Decatur, Ga., was purchased recently by the club in order to build more fields to accommodate the growing amount of players.

Inter Atlanta FC’s executive director, Matt Busch, attributes the growth of the club to the level of coaches, the facilities, and their vision as an organization.

“We brought on five additional directors of coaching and produced a new training curriculum that brought everything together,” Busch said. “We wanted to raise the level of the kids as players, while also developing individuals as good human beings.”

Men’s National Team loss to Canada causing quite a stir

Oh, Canada!

Is U.S. men’s soccer in crisis mode? Many think so after the team’s 2-0 loss to Canada.

This is from Sports Illustrated: “The U.S. men’s national team—and let’s be clear, the U.S. Soccer Federation as a whole—are in crisis again. And the whole thing makes you wonder if anyone learned any lessons at all from the monumental failure to qualify for World Cup 2018.”

This is from SB Nation: “The United States men’s national team played like garbage on Tuesday, as you’ve probably come to expect from it in any game of consequence or difficulty. The evening editions of SportsCenter played clips of ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman yelling “WHAT ARE WE DOING?”, and laughed at the team’s misfortune without even bringing him on to discuss the game.”

And this from Yahoo: “Two years and five days on from the catastrophe in Couva, when the Americans failed to even tie with Trinidad and Tobago and missed the World Cup, no discernible progress has been made.”

What is your take? Let’s put together our own analysis. Email me your comments to Let’s talk!

Healthy Halloween snacks for the young soccer player

It’s trick or treat – not trick or veggies!
Halloween is coming up and that means one thing to many people – candy.
While there is nothing wrong with a young athlete enjoying a few M&Ms or a few gummy bears, it’s important not to lose your competitive edge. Eating healthy is important no matter what the calendar says.
Here is a nice little story where parents can cook up some creative, festive and HEALTHY treats.  ENJOY

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