Path to the Pros

The date is June 21, 2019. Atlanta United’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy team quickly falls down 2-0 in 36 minutes. The trip to Oceanside, California, was long and daunting, and they face an uphill battle to win this game. They find a spark and score four goals in 12 minutes. With a two-goal lead, the Five Stripes hunker down to preserve the win.

Goalkeeper James Spurlin faces the New York Red Bull onslaught in the final minutes, as they’re desperate for a comeback. Save after save, Spurlin is the key player in the second half, preserving the 4-3 win.

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