Georgia currently has two Development Academy clubs, Concorde Fire SC and Georgia United Soccer Alliance (GUSA). Concorde Fire will continue as an Academy member club in all age categories. GUSA will continue fielding a U-13/14 team but its older teams, U-15/16 and U-16/18, will merge with Atlanta United.
Atlanta United President Darren Eales said in a U.S. Soccer press release that Georgia United’s approach in developing youth talent “is superb and innovative” and Atlanta United will build upon the success of the GUSA model that consists of a structured alliance of six metro Atlanta clubs.
Georgia United was the only non-MLS club to send a team to the Development Academy semifinals last season. Since joining the Development Academy in 2011, Georgia United’s teams have made the playoffs at both U-15/16s and U-17/18s each year until the U-18s came up short last season. (The U-13/14 division does not have playoffs.)
Atlanta United Academy players will train at a new training facility due to be completed prior to the club’s first match in 2017.