Atomic City United in Denver. Front row from left, Dakota Duran, Ben Rees, Trystan Osburn, Malcolm Carr, Jesse Prime, Cade Cummins and Christopher Koh. Back row from left, Coach Wolfgang Runde, Danny Castano, Adam Listwan, Alex Bullock, Kaoru Shimada, Cid Rice, Christopher Blue and Coach Mike Prime. Photo by Tom Shimada
Coach Runde strategizes at halftime. Photo by Tom Shimada
The Los Alamos Football Club under-16 boys team Atomic City United finished 3rd in the gold bracket of the recent Kelvin Norman Memorial Soccer Tournament in Denver, Colorado.
Atomic City opened the tournament Saturday June 3 with a 0-0 draw against the Broomfield, CO Prestige. Malcolm Carr recorded the shutout in goal with rock solid defense from Cid Rice and Adam Listwan sharing center back duties.
Saturday afternoon Atomic City upset the youth club of the Colorado Rapids professional team. After an early score by the Rapids, Adam Listwan scored off a long free kick to tie the game. Center midfielder Danny Castano later scored on a beautiful head ball to give Atomic City the lead but on the same play got a concussion in a collision with the Rapids goalie and was out for the tournament. Ben Rees scored a final goal for Atomic City, which won with a final score of 3-2.
Sunday morning, playing without any substitutes, Atomic City fell behind eventual tournament champion Sting from Cheyenne, Wyoming 2-0 by halftime. Second half goals from Dakota Duran (assist by Christopher Koh) and Jesse Prime (assist by Christopher Blue) were not enough to overcome a 3rd goal from the Sting, who won 3-2. Atomic City ended up tied for 2nd in the gold bracket standings but missed advancing to the top-two championship game on a tiebreaker in the standings.