Putnam Impact finalizes partnership with Revolution

By Brandon Bush

brandon@msgr.com

 

Lake Country’s soccer club continued to grow recently with another huge step.

After spending a lot of time as a loose affiliate, the Putnam Impact Soccer Club is now an official affiliate of Georgia Revolution FC of the National Premier Soccer League. The club will still operate with autonomy as its own organization but will now wear Revolution’s crest on its uniforms and have access to the NPSL club’s resources.

Georgia Revolution has already been sending personnel to coach some of the club’s teams, but Impact will now receive more involvement from Revolution and will receive input, advice, training and more from several coaches and players from the NPSL club. Additionally, Putnam Impact players, coaches and affiliates will receive significant discounts on tickets to Georgia Revolution games and all the accommodations that come with it.

Another significant privilege is that Impact now has access to friendly matches with other soccer clubs affiliated with Georgia Revolution, the first of which is scheduled for this weekend against fellow Revolution affiliate Nexus FC, which is based out of the metroAtlanta area. Impact’s U19 team will square off with Nexus’ U19 team at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, and additional games for the 04 and 05 squads are being heavily discussed.

Although Nexus is a strong soccer club, Impact founder, director and coach Tim Gilbert is happy to have his squads compete against a challenging opponent.

“It’s kind of like when a baseball player swings three bats at once while on deck – once he goes to the mound with just one bat, it feels as light as a feather,” Gilbert said. “It’s the same principle:You play somebody bigger, faster and stronger and fight light crazy and, even if you get beat, you get that experience. Now, when you play at your level a week later, you’re mopping the floor with them. That’s the idea.”

Putnam Impact is playing a tournament soon, but its regular season games, which are booked by Georgia Soccer, won’t begin until Sept. 8. This means that Impact will not have a chance to play real soccer games during the offseason but, thanks to Revolution’s affiliation, it now has access to friendly matches for preseason play that will help it prepare for the season without affecting its regular season record.

Gilbert believes soccer culture is growing in the southeast region of the United States, pointing to a recent announcement from the SEC that the conference will start heavily promoting soccer in future seasons. He also noted that LeBron James of the NBA owning stake in Liverpool FC and the difference in revenue between the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC as further evidence of the growth of soccer in the south.

“It’s exciting to see,” Gilbert said about the growth of soccer fandom in America. “There’s a momentum that’s begun that we’re really feeling in the southeast. There are people buying into soccer and getting more excited about the sport than ever before. People thought this push was coming 15 years ago but it died now. Now, we're already further than we’ve ever been before with soccer and, now, I think soccer’s here to stay.”

Gilbert said that the national momentum of soccer is affecting younger generations of players and that Impact’s new partnership with Georgia Revolution will do wonders for those taking part in the club.

Impact’s U19 and Nexus’ U19 will face off at the Putnam County Recreation Department. Games between the 04 and 05 teams are tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Putnam Impact is a low-cost soccer club based in Lake Country that focuses on teaching soccer in a healthy environment that helps young people grow and become successful. For more information, visit https://www.putnamimpactsc.com/.

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