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Atlanta Hawks visit London

In January the Atlanta Hawks went to London to take on former Hawks player Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets at the O2 Arena. Unfortunately the Hawks lost the game 127 – 110 but did take away some memories. See below as they visit both Chelsea and Arsenal.


And Seattle Sounders Clint Dempsey took in the game while on loan to Fulham. Check out what Clint had to say at halftime of the game.

You may have seen the photo of Dikembo Mutombo in that last clip. He still lives in metro Atlanta and with his wingspan I think he could be a great keeper even today. The best part would be watching after a blocked shot him giving the finger wag. Just one more reason Atlanta needs MLS.

2011 NCAA Women’s College Cup

KSU Soccer Stadium will soon play host the the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s College Cup Finals.  Sixty-Four teams started the tournament and are fighting towards a spot in Kennesaw, GA.  The semifinal matches will be played on December 2nd at 5 & 7:30 PM followed by the championship match on Sunday, December 4th at 1 PM.

Tickets are still available for the Women’s College Cup, with all-tournament passes that include admission to both semifinal matches and the championship game starting at 45 dollars. For ticket information visit .

Brackets are also available online here.  I convinced a few of the guys in my office to fill them out for a little competition.  Being that we’re all so in tune to women’s college soccer it was interesting to hear their strategies. Some went based off their football programs while others felt climate would be a better indicator.  I don’t think they were familiar with the program at UNC as several opted for William & Mary over the traditional powerhouse of women’s college soccer.  I personally have UCLA upsetting Stanford in the final.  Then again, I also have a homer pick in UGA upsetting Duke.  What can I say, I grew up a Kentucky basketball fan and make a general practice of never picking Duke to advance in any sort of bracket.

So, anyone going to the games?  Who do you have winning it all on your bracket?

Chattanooga defeats Atlanta to advance to U.S. Open Cup

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – After a thrilling 120 minutes, Chattanooga F.C. defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves 1-0 to earn its way into the 2011 U.S. Open Cup.

Chris Ochieng finally broke the deadlock in the 116th minute. Chattanooga lofted a free kick into the Atlanta box and the ball fell softly to Ochieng, who had time to control the ball and put it past Silverbacks Reserves goalkeeper Eric Ati.

The teams had been evenly matched throughout the game, with chances coming on both ends. Most notably for Atlanta was a shot in the 20th minute by Tornubari Nyonebue. The Atlanta striker hit a right-footed shot that deflected off the back of a Chattanooga defender, stranding goalkeeper Thomas Hunter. Fortunately for the Tennessee side, the ball ricocheted off the crossbar and fell to safety.

Deni Lulic of the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves gets tangled up Chattanooga F.C.'s Ivan Heredia.

In the 33rd minute, Silverbacks Reserves forward Nick Burton drove in on the left side of the box and forced Hunter into another great save. Throughout the game Atlanta peppered the Chattanooga goal but Hunter came up big each time. He was credited with six saves for the game.

Each team found itself with a great chance to win the game at regulation. First, Atlanta’s Alejandro Duque forced Hunter into a great save on a free kick from just outside the box. On the other end, Luke Winter had a free kick from nearly the same distance but put his shot over the bar.

As the teams headed to extra time, Silverbacks Reserves Head Coach Ricardo Montoya was ejected, leaving him to watch the remainder of the game from the press box.

In the first 15-minute extra period, Atlanta continued to dominate possession but could not put anything on goal. Towards the end of the period, Atlanta defender and captain Ramiro Canovas, the only player on the Silverbacks Reserves’ roster with U.S. Open Cup experience, had to be subbed out. In his place came Fabian Irigoyen and Atlanta would miss Canovas’ height and experience dearly.

The goal by Ochieng in the 116th minute sent the home supporters into a frenzy and Chattanooga held on to claim their first berth in the U.S. Open Cup as the representative of the NPSL Southeast Division.

Welcome Gina Herden!

NOTE FROM EDITOR: Please join me in welcoming Gina Herden who I’m very excited to have as part of the Atlanta Soccer blog team. Below Gina shares a little about herself. Look for her reflections from the Mexico v Bosnia game tomorrow!

Hello Friends! The name is Gina Herden, and I am currently living in Kennesaw, Georgia! I have been a huge soccer fan ever since I watched my uncle play as a kid. This led to me gaining about 10 years playing experience under my belt in every position (minus goalie).

I grew up a huge fan of the Atlanta Beat back in the day, when they were blue that is, as well as Mia Hamm, L.A Galaxy (I was born in Cali friends!) and Manchester United.  My interest later spread to La Liga, adding Real Madrid to my list of loves. Don’t get me wrong though, I am a huge fan of all soccer, and really have a great appreciation for any team that can play a game with true heart and passion.

I stumbled across and decided take Scott up on needed some writing help! I hope to provide everyone slightly entertaining pieces of soccer bits that reach the deep South of Georgia and who knows maybe a few bits and pieces of random soccer news that you might find interesting!