2017 promises to be another great year for American soccer, and this year is particularly special because Atlanta United kicks off their first ever MLS campaign. But soccer happens all over this country at all levels and my goal each year is touch base at each level.
This year began with Atlanta United friendlies. First up was the quick drive up to Chattanooga for the game against Chattanooga FC. The Chattahooligans were great hosts, providing space at First Tennessee Pavilion and a huge breakfast buffet spread. Besides getting to meet fans from Atlanta and Chattanooga, I ran into Dennis Crowley, founder of Kingston Stockade FC of the NPSL. He came in from New York to check out the scene and we had a quick chat. Read my recap for Terminus Legion.
The following weekend was the opening match of the Carolina Challenge Cup. Atlanta United fans descended on Charleston to watch the Five Stripes face off against Columbus Crew SC. All four Atlanta United Supporter Groups did a shared tailgate, which was awesome. Returning to Charleston was great as well as the housing at Camp Cheek. Read my recap for Terminus Legion and listen to my interviews with Atlanta United fans on the Terminus Legion podcast.
I went to the first ever Atlanta United game. The club kicked off at Bobby Dodd Stadium and it was awesome evening. Tailgate, march, tifo, great match. As a season ticket holder, I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. Here’s the Terminus Legion podcast from the tailgate.
Here is my proposed schedule for the rest of 2017.
- April 28 Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club at Memphis City FC. NPSL/I-40 Cup
- May 6 Birmingham Hammers at Atlanta Silverbacks. NPSL
- May 13 Myrtle Beach Mutiny at Tormenta FC. PDL
- June 6 Nashville Soccer Club at Peachtree City MOBA. PDL
- August 6 Atlanta United at Sporting Kansas City. MLS
- September 15 Bethlehem Steel FC at Louisville City FC. USL
- September 16 New York Red Bulls II at Cincinnati FC. USL
Here are some of my previous trips.
You want to join me on a road trip? Comment below or hit me up on twitter @austinlong1974.
And check out Steven Bernasconi’s project, The Soccer Tour. He has put together an amazing 2017 and can’t wait to learn more about his adventures.