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New York Greek American Atlas
NY Greek American Logo 2014.jpg
Full name New York Greek American Atlas Astoria Soccer Club
Nickname(s) Atlas, The Greeks
Founded 1941
Ground Metropolitan Oval,
Maspeth, New York
Ground Capacity 1,000
Founder Tom Laris
General Manager George Mellis
League Cosmopolitan Soccer League
2010-11 Champions
Website Club home page

Greek American Atlas Astoria, commonly known as New York Greek American, is an American soccer team from New York City that currently plays in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. The club was formed in 1941 by Thomas Laris and is one of the most successful clubs in America's annual national soccer tournament, the U.S. Open Cup, winning four times, in 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1974. The team is one of the oldest American soccer clubs in existence and plays its games at the Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, Queens.

Their reserve team is the Greek-American Atlas Reserves FC that plays in the Cosmopolitan League's Reserve Division.

History[edit]

Greek American Atlas Astoria, formally New York Greek American Atlas Astoria Soccer Club, was formed in 1941.[1] The club was founded by Greek-American Tom Laris[2] and would go on to become one of the most successful and longest continually operating teams in American soccer history. The club has a long-standing rivalry with New York's Cyprian team and fellow multiple National Cup champion, the Pancyprian Freedoms.[3]

The team currently plays in the 4th tier of the American soccer pyramid, under the USASA in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. The club plays out of the Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, Queens and has been a perennial contender in the league, winning five of eleven Eastern New York Championships between 2001 and 2012.[4]

National Cup success[edit]

The Greek Americans have won America's nationwide domestic soccer tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, formerly the National Challenge Cup, four times in its history, from 1967 to 1969 and in 1974. The club is one of only two teams, alongside the Seattle Sounders FC, to have won the annual tournament on three consecutive occasions.

While the club had not qualified for the Open Cup since 2005, it returned to the tournament in 2012 but lost in the first round to Reading United of the USL's Premier Development League (PDL), by a score of 2-1.[5]

The Greeks won re-entry to the tournament again in 2014 thanks to their USASA Amateur Cup regional championship,[6] being seeded in the second round. They would win their first game against PDL opponents, Ocean City Nor'easters, 2-0.[7]

Former crest

Team honors[edit]

  • National Challenge Cup winners: 4
1967, 1968, 1969, 1974
  • National Challenge Cup runners-up: 1
1989
  • CSL Champions: 4
2004-05, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11

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