FUEL Soccer Talk for 11/26: Youth Soccer Tournament Winners, Atlanta United Breaks Attendance Record, and Salvation Army Angel Tree

Today we’re talking about the latest record breaking crowd in MLS, the winners of the YMCA’s youth soccer tournament, and more!

Happy Monday! We hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving surrounded with their friends and families. Today, we have some great news to share with you!

1. YMCA Youth Soccer arsenal teams finish season strong in tournament (Northwest Georgia News)

The YMCA Arsenal Rome Select soccer teams closed out the season with a 7-4 record, finishing with 52 wins, 49 losses and 13 ties for their season.

The Germantown Invitational Tournament took place in Memphis Tennessee.

“The G’04 C-Red were the top performers, finished the fall season with 2 wins, and earned 2nd place in the C Red division with an 8-2 record. The 2nd place finish means they will move up to the B division in Fall 2019.”

On Saturday of the weekend tournament, Arsenal down Ambush White at Grizzard Park 5-1 with Malone Christen scoring a hat trick with three goals and Carlee Brock adding two of her own.

“The B’05 I finished the season with an 8-3-1 record, in 3rd place with 42 points. They also won the Germantown Invitational Tournament in Memphis last weekend. The Academy G’09 won the Impact Premier Cup in Canton. They beat the Knoxville FC’s Alliance 5-0. Avagail Barksdale opened up the scoring assisted by Liliana Tapia”

The championship was an energetic and powerful game, narrowly won 2-1 with both goals from Avagail assisted by Tapia.

What youth soccer tournaments do you have planned to go to or compete in? What is your favorite part about soccer tournaments?

2. Atlanta United Break MLS Attendance Record (MLS Soccer)

Atlanta United FC broke their own attendance record in a game against the Seattle Sounders with 72,243 people attending the tilt. Atlanta United have now produced the top 5 largest crowds in MLS history. It’s safe to say soccer has taken the city by storm, check out their tifo before their semifinal match against the Red Bulls.

It is truly beautiful to see a city rally behind a new team to the extent that Atlanta did with their soccer club. Check out the list below for the top 5 largest crowds in MLS history.

  1. Atlanta United vs. Seattle Sounder, July 15, 2018 – 72,243
  2. Atlanta United vs. D.C. United, March 11, 2018 – 72,035
  3. Atlanta United vs. Orlando City SC, June 30, 2018 – 71,932
  4. Atlanta United vs. Toronto FC, October 22, 2017 – 71,874
  5. Atlanta United vs. Orlando City SC, September 16, 2017 – 70,425

What is the best crowd experience you’ve had?

3. Salvation Army Angel Tree Program 2018 (Salvation Army Florida)

Now as we dive into the holiday season, it’s time to start thinking about what to get friends and loved ones for Christmas this year. We could also be considering different options on how to provide presents for families this year who can not afford them this holiday season.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program is a nationwide program that provides us different Christmas Lists from poor families, hoping to be able to put presents under their tree this year. This program then allows donors to select a tag from an Angel Tree for a child or children from qualified families unable to provide gifts or clothes to their children during the holidays.

Many of their lists have soccer related items that they would like to play with. Including soccer shoes, soccer net, soccer balls, jerseys, etc. For those of you who have soccer items never or rarely used can be donated through this foundation.

There are several ways your community can help with the Angel Tree Program:

  1. Adopt individual angels from an Angel Tree located nearest to you
  2. Sponsor an Angel Tree (adopt 25 or more Angels) for your business organization
  3. Host a toy/gift drive for their “Forgotten Angels”

This link above is for a county in Florida, but you can log on to the Salvation Army website and find the nearest Angel Tree in your area!