Greek American AA
|Full name||New York Greek American Atlas Astoria Soccer Club|
Maspeth, New York
|General Manager||George Mellis|
|League||Cosmopolitan Soccer League|
|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 National Challenge 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.
Greek American Atlas Astoria, formally New York Greek American Atlas Astoria Soccer Club, was formed in 1941. The club was founded by Greek-American Tom Laris 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.
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.
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 the last eleven Eastern New York Championships. 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, by a score of 2-1.
Their reserve team is the Greek-American Atlas Reserves FC that plays in the Cosmopolitan League's Reserve Division.
- National Challenge Cup winners: 4
- 1967, 1968, 1969, 1974
- National Challenge Cup runners-up: 1
- CSL Champions: 4
- 2004-05, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11
Notable former players
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- "2012 US Open Cup Qualifying: NY Greek American Atlas dispatch first-timers Battery Park Gunners in Region I opener". TheCup.us. April 4, 2012. Retrieved Sept 16, 2012.
- "Reading United soccer team beats Greek Americans, advances in U.S. Open Cup". bctv.org. May 16, 2012. Retrieved Sept 16, 2012.
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