Soccer Player Scores a National Championship
Coosa High Soccer Player Scores a National Championship Title
Posted on 08/10/2011

Soccer player Francisco “Paco” Miranda, a junior at Coosa High School, got a kick out of his summer by being a part of a team that won the 2011 US Youth National Soccer Championship. During the summer, Miranda plays for the Concorde Fire Elite U16 boy’s team. Concorde played for the 2011 U16 Soccer National Championship on Sunday, July 31st winning 2-1 over Albion, California. The soccer championship was played at the Reach 11 Sports Complex, in Phoenix, Arizona. Miranda played in all 5 tournament games including the title game. This is Miranda’s 4th year with the Concorde club. 

Having lost to Albion in the opening round, the Fire was out to avenge their opening loss. This victory represents the first National Championship for Concorde. The Concorde team is ranked #16 in Soccer America's Top Boy's Soccer Clubs in America and is based in the Metro Atlanta area. The soccer program is designed for highly competitive play that earns state, regional, and national titles. The club of nearly 50 teams is open to all age levels, boys and girls, fielding more than 1,000 players ranging in age from U6 to U19.

Miranda has been a three year contributor to a solid Coosa High School soccer program. “There is only one big Soccer National Championship and they won it. It is a huge honor,” said Coosa High teacher Randy Vice. Miranda also participated in the REGION III Olympic Development Program Soccer Camp in 2009. He was one of only two players from the North Georgia area chosen to attend the developmental camp for the Olympic program.