Hunting the Open Cup

Get it, because “Hunting”… the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup… okay, SmallWorld shame here. But we wanted to make the pun anyway.

It’s now time for one of the most exciting things SmallWorld has been part of in our short history! We’re covering an entire league with multiple posts in the near future, and it’s not just any league.

This is the ADASL, a metro Atlanta-based soccer league with two divisions, a promotion/relegation system, and an exciting cup competition called Perrin Cup that serves as a US Open Cup qualifier.

There are some quality teams in the ADASL, and we’ll get to some of the more exciting ones in future posts, but today’s edition will revolve around the Perrin Cup experience for a couple of specific clubs.

The second round of the cup begins this Sunday, so the timing couldn’t be better to speak to why it’s such a great event!

A great example of Perrin Cup success is Majestic SC of Atlanta. The club has a squad in both divisions of the league, and the first team has won three Division 1 titles. I got some information from Joubert Berger, the club’s manager for over a decade.

He was full of compliments for the club he’s played for and been a part of for longer than I’ve been alive, but one thing in particular stood out to me in relation to the ADASL’s competitiveness:

We played in the US Open Cup in 2017 and really enjoyed the experience. While the US Open Cup is a big commitment, the Majestic Club is always striving to better itself. With the competitiveness of the the ADASL, we get to hone our skills for the US Open Cup. And as we are improving, the players are improving and that sets the foundation for where this club is going.

Joubert Berger, Majestic SC manager

That certainly extends to the Perrin Cup. They earned their US Open Cup berth a few years back, and they’re keen on doing it again through winning the 2020 Perrin Cup.

They’re seeded third in the 22-team tournament, and they’ve enjoyed a high level of league play this year, leading the league after nine matches.

Majestic is here to provide an organized club where players can play very competitive soccer.  Naturally, when you have success, players have fun.

Joubert Berger

That’s the sound of a manager, and an entire club, full of ambition. I think they could certainly push for the cup crown this time around, but they’re not the only strong challengers this season.

Revily FC stand out as a Perrin Cup favorite as the first seed in the bracket, and Georgia Revolution Reserves are certainly a strong side as well as the second seeded-club.

Meanwhile, Potros FC are a dark horse to watch, seeded at number 11 and facing the sixth-ranked Wings Premier this weekend. I was able to chat with Christopher Uranga, the manager of Potros, to get an idea of what makes their club viable in the competition.

To be able to compete with semi-professional and professional clubs would is an outstanding accomplishment for our young club, so the opportunity to be able to do that attracted us. The majority of our players are between the ages of 18-23, but despite our young foundation, the culture is based around our goals of winning championships.

Christopher Uranga, Potros FC manager

That sounds like a fantastic club culture to me, and one that suggests a few possible upsets in Potros’ near future.

Peter Ayo-Ajibike, a player for Potros, only added to what Christopher already established about the winning mentality within the team:

In my opinion what makes Potros FC so special is the commitment. Potros is committed to improving on and off the field every single week. I personally believe this is the most professional team in this league.

Peter Ayo-Ajibike, SmallWorld Certified as the ADASL’s hardest name to spell

If Potros and Majestic win their respective Perrin Cup matches this Sunday, they’ll meet each other in the next round, and that would certainly be an exciting matchup.

No matter who moves on, the Perrin Cup is certainly an exciting opportunity for the clubs involved, and it seems like the ADASL has fostered a high level of competition among the clubs. That along with US Open Cup status combine to make Perrin Cup matches some of the most exciting in American soccer this winter.

For information on what the Perrin Cup bracket looks like or general information on the ADASL, check out this link to ADASL’s website.

As always, support local soccer, unify those around you, and seek out diversity!




By danny kotula

danny kotula is an aspiring sports writer and play-by-play commentator. unfortunately, he is not good at either one. his interests include watching soccer and listening to obscure music genres, and those aren’t even his most boring ones. he was born in Tacoma, Washington but has called South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, California, Georgia, and Costa Rica home over the course of his life. he generally knows where to put a comma, which is by far his most redeeming quality. he is writing this in third person as if he were famous enough for someone to write him a biography, but don’t be fooled. he’s not famous.

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