Renewed Squad Ready to Put in the Work and Consistency Needed to Succeed in ADASL D1
On the final game of last season ATLetic defeated Relegators FC by a score of 6-3, finishing 2nd place in D2 with one game to spare and securing promotion to D1 .
ATLetic finished the league with 14 wins and 3 (away) defeats, while also making the Perrin Cup quarterfinals (2015-2016 Complete Season Stats). The season ended on a high note with the “We are going up, say we are going up!” chant.
After competing in the ADASL since the 2008-9 season, the team is proud to have successfully navigated the road from D3 to D1 and everyone in the ATLetic family is looking forward to competing in D1. Soccer has no memory and the team has now to seize the moment and put in the work to not only survive but thrive in the top flight of Atlanta’s amateur soccer – Here is our upcoming schedule
Early October marks the start of the most traditional and competitive Adult Soccer Amateur league in metro Atlanta. Teams have worked hard to get ready for a long and grueling season which promises to offer lots of ups and downs. VaHi ATLetic has prepared the season well with several pre-season scrimmages.
Team management has finalized the initial roster for the season. The backbone of the team remains constant, with players that have been with the team for a long time, in some cases since 2004. Keeper and Assistant manager Scott Stilwell returns while Ian Anderson will share the minutes on the goal line. The duo combined for 6 league clean sheets last season and bring stability and confidence on their position, a strong foundation for ATLetic’s season.
Central defenders Milos Kvasay, Jacob Schutz and Florentino Aguilar also return and provide the team with the right mix of height, strength, pace and confidence on the ball to shut down teams and score goals on set pieces. Andy Mungan, Demian Perelmuter, Matt Glick and Danny Battaglia will continue playing as fullbacks bringing speed and control in a key position for the team defensive and offensives phases of the game. New additions in defense include former Majestic player Kevin Lindsay, Shane Dobles and the Guinean Samuel Johnson.
Overall, 14 nations are represented in this year’s roster, a mix of footballing cultures that aligns well with team’s heritage
The teams average age this year is 28.8 years, a god mix of experienced and new players typically needed to succeed at this competitive level.
In the middle of the park Felipe Lobelo and Silviu Raducu are once again the enforcers, adding ball control and positional awareness to bring balance to the team. Junior Laurencin will continue to provide the creativity and ball distribution (9 assissts last season). Tornubari “T-bone” Nyoebue, EJ Henry and Victor Deniran add strength, pace and ability to put defenders under pressure on wide and attacking positions while Mohammed Habbassi is the new face in the mid.
The attacking line is once again led by Aaron King, ATLetic’s all-time leading scorer, with an impressive 73 goals in 63 games with the club. The “Hammer” finished as a the top scorer in D2 last season (and possibly golden boot for the whole league had records been kept) with 29 goals and 6 assists in 20 games, winning the club’s MVP title. EJ Henry (16 goals and 11 assists) finished second and Victor”Maravilla” Deniran (13 goals, 11 assists) third in the MVP race and heavily contributed to ATLetic’s successful campaign.
Notable returns from a couple of seasons back include Seth Stratton and Byrce Heltzel, brining ball control and ability to play different positions. Finally former Nuesoft and Sting player Ismail Satubalov will join the team and add another dimension in terms of pace, goals and work rate, suiting ATLetic’s high pressure and counter-attack style.
(ATLetic’s home field: Agnes Scott College Gellersted Field in Decatur, GA)
Team management worked hard over the summer break to prepare for D1 and recruit talent for all positions on the pitch so the team has undoubtedly strengthen.
Preparations are over and is now time to compete! We open our season at home this Sunday vs Little Five FC