Atlanta’s soccer talent came to light during Allstate Sueño Alianza’s first tryouts, which took place in the city’s Wade-Walker Park. Now, three young players have earned their ticket to the Allstate Sueño Alianza National Showcase, which will be held this September in Los Angeles.

Iker Rodríguez, Christian Mata and Roberto Silva stood out among approximately 400 players that came to tryout against elite teams from Liga MX, such as Pachuca and Toluca, as well as MLS Champions, Atlanta United. 

Selecting the winners was no easy task for the attending scouts, but the talent and unyielding determination of Iker, Christian and Roberto got them through to the next stage as the top contenders in their respective categories. Neither the summer heat, nor the overwhelming humidity were able to deter these dedicated players; they came in strong and left having served up the performance of a lifetime.

Iker Rodríguez and Christian Mata from the U-14 category and Roberto Silva from the U-17 category were selected among the 48 top finalists as the best in their city, while the remaining 45 finalists still have the possibility of being selected in September for the Allstate Sueño Alianza National Showcase.

In U-14, Iker Rodríguez, from Brentwood, TN, is a defender and Christian Mata from Meigs, GA, plays as a forward. From the U-17 category, Roberto Silva, from Clarkston, GA, is also a forward.

The following players also received professional invitations from the attending scouts: Roberto Silva (Atlanta United and Pachuca), Christian Mata (Atlanta United), Julian Zamudio (Atlanta United), Christopher Pineda (Atlanta United) and Iker Rodríguez (Toluca FC).

This was the first stop during the 2019 Allstate Sueño Alianza Tour. Rest easy, there’s more to come on June 1, where the tryouts will continue in Phoenix, AZ.

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