Following reports of a 2016 launch for Atlanta United FC's youth academy, more details have come to light via an official press release from U.S. Soccer. AUFC will work with Georgia United Soccer Alliance "to build upon GUSA's successful organizational structure for developing elite level talent." Jurgen Klinsmann, the under-fire USMNT senior team manager and U.S. Soccer technical director, applauds the move.
"It's fantastic that Atlanta United is making player development a priority even before the first team gets started," Klinsmann said. "Atlanta is an important soccer market and having a first class training environment will be fantastic for elite players as well as help raise the bar in the area overall."
AUFC president Darren Eales says GUSA's approach in developing youth talent is "superb and innovative." The club wants to work with all clubs in the Atlanta area "to bring the region's top young talent to Atlanta United's academy."
And speaking of Jurgen Klinsmann, the USMNT manager didn't like how fullback Fabian Johnson subbed off in the 111th minute against Mexico over the weekend. Johnson is a promising young talent, and since Klinsmann appears to be around for the next few years, hopefully the fullback doesn't stay in the manager's doghouse too long.
Grant Wahl suggest Klinsmann would be better suited to ditch the managing and stick to the technical directing.
What's happening in The A?
The Falcons are 5-0, but because Atlanta sports can't have it too good, it appears Julio Jones may miss the Saints game Thursday with a hamstring issue.
The Braves have made a couple of front office moves, bringing in Kiley McDaniel as an analytics guru and minor league scout and Ted Simmons as special assistant to the general manager (aka George Costanza).
If you live within a couple of miles of Edgewood at Boulevard, you're aware that the A3C 2015 went down over the weekend. Creative Loafing has scenes from the hip-hop conference.