The Atlanta Ultras made a quick trip down to Tampa to watch their beloved Atlanta Silverbacks play the Rowdies on June 13, 2015. My camera was denied at the gate, and cell phone footage was not up to par, so here are some quick shots from the pre match. Contrary to popular belief, the Atlanta Ultras are very much alive and well for 2016. Be on the lookout for more info this week.
Bryan Speaks and Chris make their final stop in their Great American tour of lower division soccer. Please enjoy a montage of their experiences.
Music Credit: “Where You’ll Go I’ll Follow” by Break Anchor
Chattanooga FC has built the most consistent 4th Division winning club in the United States reaching 3 finals in 4 years (winning none). Pushed on by their supporters, the Chattahooligans, they drew 9000 to last years national semifinal. They also beat their first professional opposition in 2014, the Wilmington Hammerheads 3-1 in the second round of the US Open Cup before getting knocked out by the Atlanta Silverbacks 5-0 in the third round.
Back again in the cup this year, Chattanooga hosted the PDL’s Ocala Stampede in the first round. This is how it all went down.
The First Round of the US Open Cup is documented by Non League America. The Seacoast United Phantoms of the PDL travel to Cambridge, MA to take on local side GPS Massachusetts.
It was a special night at the MCU Center in Brooklyn, New York where the New York Cosmos hosted the Ottawa Fury on Saturday May 2, 2015. Non League America was on site to witness history, as the Cosmos B took the field for the very first time in the National Premier Soccer League. We also had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. David Kilpatrick, a New York Cosmos club historian.
A very special thanks to La Banda del Cosmos, The Borough Boys, and the Cross Island Crew. Thank you.
The Southeast is a weird intersection of soccer culture. Barren of any MLS team between 2001 and this year, the Southeast has had hit-and-miss success with lower division teams – for every Chattanooga FC, there is a Rocket City United. The distance between teams in the South has not made things any easier. In fact, the drastic space between clubs actually made the New Orleans Jesters leave PDL in 2012 for the NPSL, who at the time offered them teams much closer to them. However, since that move, the Mississippi Storm (Ocean Springs, MS), Rocket City United (Huntsville, AL), Panama City Beach Pirates, and Pensacola City FC have all folded.
Despite these teams departing, New Orleans has actually experienced something of a rebirth. With the founding of its supporters’ group, the Royal Court, in 2013, New Orleans suddenly has a crowd of rambunctious and eclectic personalities that match the reputation of the city coming out to cheer on their boys in purple and green. They are building something that could soon come to the forefront of NPSL supporters’ culture.
Meanwhile, the remnants of Pensacola City FC’s supporters’ group, the Gulf Coast Armada, is beginning their trek around the Southeast to various teams this summer in hopes of attracting a new owner to Pensacola, FL or Mobile, AL.
The Jesters are building their reputation. The Armada is trying to rebuild theirs. In a game that places an “old” club in the Jesters against a young supporter-funded club in Nashville FC, is the centerpiece for a look at how Southern hospitality and a kinship between the Armada and the Royal Court is helping to define southern soccer supporter culture.