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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Great Story: Silverbacks fan selected as the winner of the North American Soccer League’s “Win A Trip To England”

Atlanta Silverbacks superfan Matt Troy takes trip of a lifetime
Matt Troy. Photo courtesy NASL.
NASL: April 23, 2014 - With the Atlanta Silverbacks hosting NASL Soccer Bowl 2013, the league’s championship game, last November, Atlanta area resident Matt Troy made sure he bought tickets to go see his hometown team play for a title. What he didn’t know was that his ticket purchase would lead to him winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to England to see his favorite sport played at the highest level.

Troy was randomly selected as the winner of the North American Soccer League’s “Win A Trip To England” Sweepstakes, which was presented by Ludus Tours, an Austin, Texas-based company that specializes in making bucket list dreams come true for their customers.

Thanks to Ludus Tours, Troy and his son, Connor, received an incredible travel package that included airfare, hotel accommodations, and field-level tickets to see Connor’s favorite team, Liverpool, host Aston Villa at Anfield. For good measure, the Troys decided to make the most of their time over there by attending another two English Premier League clashes – Everton at West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at Swansea City. Ludus Tours helped them arrange those day trips as well.

“Everything Ludus Tours did for us was just top class – they were on top of everything,” Troy said. “They exceeded expectations and even helped us arrange everything that wasn’t a part of the sweepstakes package. It was top notch.”

So there they were, in the stands at three different English Premier League venues. All in all, the Troys witnessed 10 goals – Liverpool and Villa played to a 2-2 draw, Spurs knocked off Swansea 3-1, and Everton and West Brom split the points, tying 1-1.

The pair of Atlanta residents sat five rows behind the goal at Liverpool, took in the game at West Brom four rows from the touchline, and sat in the upper deck with Spurs fans in their away section at Swansea.

“There were so many unforgettable moments, but I think just the overall passion that the fans have over there is on another level,” Troy said. “I mean, when we were sitting with the Spurs fans that made the trip from London to Wales, it was just amazing to see how much energy they brought to the arena. Here we were, in a section of about 2,000 away supporters, and they’re louder than the home fans, singing nonstop. It was unreal.”

Troy, an avid soccer fan and a local youth soccer referee, said that the trip got him excited about the developing soccer culture in the NASL and the rest of America’s soccer leagues. He was amazed at how knowledgeable and undyingly loyal the fans were in England. “They can read intent, in terms of what a player is thinking when he has the ball,” Troy said. “The fans over there really appreciate the subtleties of the game, which is something that was very cool to see up close and personal.”

When it was all said and done, Troy and his son, Connor, had the experience of a lifetime. After returning to Atlanta and visiting the Silverbacks offices, Troy had one last thing to say about his trip.

“My son and I are just so grateful that we got the opportunity to go over there and experience such a first-class trip. It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I want to make that pretty clear,” Troy said. “For the NASL and the Silverbacks to engage Ludus Tours and offer a trip like that to their fans, it just goes to show the quality of the league and how much of a top-notch operation it is. We were totally blown away, and can’t thank all of the parties involved enough.”

Photos from Matt and Connor’s trip can be seen on the Silverbacks’ Facebook page

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Soccer Event: Atlanta International Soccer Fest 2014

Atlanta International Soccer Fest 2014

Saturday, Jun 7 8:00a to 6:30p
Calling all soccer enthusiasts for the 2014 Atlanta International Soccer Fest (AISF 2014) taking place on Saturday, June 7 at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park to benefit SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest organization dedicated to vulnerable children.
During the one-day 7v7 tournament, teams will play up to three round-robin games directly prior to the start of the Silverbacks FC game. The awards ceremony for the top finishers will take place during halftime of the Silverbacks game.
Price Admission is free. Cost of team registration can be found at

Monday, April 21, 2014

High School Soccer Rankings April 21, 2014

1. Brookwood
2. Mill Creek
3. Campbell
4. Walton
5. Lassiter
6. Douglas County
7. Lambert
8. Central Gwinnett
9. Duluth
10. Collins Hill
1. McIntosh
2. Gainesville
3. Lakeside-DeKalb
4. Glynn Academy
5. Greenbrier
6. Clarke Central
7. Starr’s Mill
8. North Atlanta
9. Riverwood
10. Houston County
Class AAAA
1. Dalton
2. Johnson-Gainesville
3. Grady
4. Spalding
5. Columbus
6. Southeast Whitfield
7. LaGrange
8. Perry
9. Jonesboro
10. Chamblee
Class AAA
1. Woodward Academy
2. Oconee County
3. St. Pius
4. North Murray
5. Cartersville
6. Dawson County
7. North Hall
8. West Hall
9. Pike County
10. Blessed Trinity
Class AA
1. GAC
2. Calhoun
3. Westminster
4. Westside-Augusta
5. Murray County
6. Spencer
7. Jefferson
8. Bremen
9. Toombs County
10. Coosa
Class A
1. AIS
2. Hebron Christian
3. Pinecrest Academy
4. Fellowship Christian
5. Brookstone
6. Our Lady of Mercy
7. Mount Paran
8. First Presbyterian
9. Pace Academy
10. Aquinas

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tournament Alert: 2nd Annual Copa Rayados Internacional

CF Monterrey Rayados
Tri-Campeones de CONCACAF
invites you to the:
November 26-30
San Antonio TX      Boys U10-19 : Girls U10-14
Make your plans for next yr's programming.  Registration is open.  60-80 international teams.  150+ teams from across the USA - California to Texas to Florida! 
Compete with top International pro academies & youth teams
All age groups will have international teams 
and Girls International divisions for 2014

  99 Santos Laguna win 2013 U15 Copa Rayados 
About last year's 
2013 Copa Rayados Internacional
  • 2013 CHAMPIONS - Click Here 
  • 160 teams with 40 international (1-El Salvador, 1-Nigeria, the rest from Mexico) (from U10-19)
  • Of the 160 teams - 125 teams played at least 1 international match.
  • Every game went to Pks if tied as teams needed to win to advance or drop to a lower division and continue.  Added to the competitiveness for each match
  • Of the 300 matches about 40 matches went to pks 
  • 20 players identified by pro scouts
Consider the 2014 Copa Rayados Internacional for next year's programming.  Registration is currently open at: 
 If you have any questions, feel free to contact me 
Scott Spencer
CF Monterrey Rayados 

CF Monterrey Rayados Academy (Fuerzas Basicas)
#1 ranked youth academy in Mexico
past U13 National Champions
past U15 National Finalists
past U20 National Champions
12 players on the pro team developed from the Academy