Many critics of Atlanta's MLS expansion team say the metro region doesn't have a soccer history. That's actually not the case. Atlanta had Phil Woosnam, a Welsh soccer star who came to the United States in 1966 to help the Atlanta Braves set up, and later coach, the North American Soccer League's Atlanta Chiefs. It was the first team in the city to win a professional championship. In the decades since, soccer has flourished throughout the metro region.
More players from the Diaspora are now kicking balls than ever before and amateur players pack rec fields seven days a week at the same DeKalb County complex of the Atlanta Silverbacks. The cream of the region's professional soccer crop, also play in front of thousands of fans. And did we mention the people of the Diaspora? The people of the Diaspora moving around and from around the world have many goals and activities including playing soccer. Playing not just for fun, but a good cause is actually come into the mind of many of the players of the Diaspora World Cup. An organization that brings together the world diaspora of over 200 countries in the Atlanta – Sandy Sring area to build of coalition to committed soccer players and colleges and universities students to solve the world most pressing challenge: Illiteracy.