Our Mission Statement
Potros FC's mission is to provide a platform for young local talent to develop into professionals through training, competition, and education in the context of amateur soccer at the national level. We believe that individuals have the potential to improve themselves on many levels and our values of hard work, commitment, competition, team work, and education help provide our members with the tools to move up to a higher level than where they were.
How we meet our objectives
Potros FC aims to bring high quality soccer to local talent and provide opportunities for players to develop their physical, technical, and tactical abilities in the sport. This is achieved through high quality training sessions that are designed with influences from top coaches and clubs from around the world, high level of competition through participation in top local and national leagues as well as high level of competition within the club for its members to prove their worth for a spot on the roster week-in and week-out. We also provide professional development through fitness regiments that are designed with scientific backing used to individualize growth for our members as well as expectations of maintaining a high-level of appearance through uniform, equipment, and social media presence. We also provide recordings and/or live-streams of all official competitions for use of individual and team analyses as well as highlights for scouting or recruitment. We offer opportunities for players of all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels to develop in high level competitions.
In 2013, brothers Christopher (16 at the time) and Benjamin Uranga (13 at the time) as well as their father Luis Uranga, began holding training sessions at Wild Horse Creek Park in Powder Springs, GA as a way of getting players from their local high school to stay in shape and get touches on the ball over the summer. They would train 3-4 times a week early in the mornings on a baseball field next to an equestrian area. The club was dubbed “Club Deportivo Wild Horse” as a nod to the park used for training and the area used for equestrian activities.
Over the next 3 years the family continued to offer youth players training sessions and competed in local youth leagues at the recreational level and tournaments. In 2016, the club changed names to Potros Futbol Club which translates to Colts Soccer Club. Keeping the horse theme, the club also adopted its name based on the mascot of the club Atlante FC from Mexico where Luis played in the late 1970’s. Atlante FC's nickname is Los Potros de Hierro (the Iron Colts) which inspired the name for the club Potros FC. From 2016-2018, Potros FC continued to compete in youth leagues finishing with a 10-0 record scoring over 90 goals in the 2017 fall season. After this season, a lot of the members of the Potros FC youth team graduated from the youth program. This sparked the decision to continue Potros FC as an independent amateur club.
Recruiting players from the local area which had trained with CD Wild Horse in the early stages, Potros FC debuted in the Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League (ADASL) in the fall of 2018. The first adult amateur season saw a finish of 4th place out of 17 teams, just missing promotion by 2 points. With the successes of our first season, the club saw the potential for growth. The following season, the promotion of the club was amped up through social media presence and tryouts were held for the first time. With the help of advertising on social media, around 40-50 players from around the metro Atlanta area attended the tryout. With this, a new squad was built to compete in the 2019-20 ADASL division 2 season. The season was cut short due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which saw Potros FC finish with the highest points per game average at the time of suspension, scoring the most goals and conceding the joint fewest goals.
Despite the success at the local amateur level, the desire to continue growing as a club inspired the switch to compete at the national level through the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL).
During the summer of 2020, Potros FC held tryouts for its inaugural UPSL season. Despite the efforts put in by the club to recruit new players, Potros FC finished the Fall 2020 UPSL Division 1 season in last place. Despite the positioning in the standings, the club showed improvement over the season and finished the season with 2 wins over the last 4 matches. In the winter of 2020/2021, Potros FC reflected on the first season in the UPSL, and took the steps toward restructuring the club. The focus of the club shifted to a new mindset of competitiveness with a focus on recruitment of players and developing a club system. In the Spring of 2021, Potros FC competed in the UPSL Georgia Premier Division and locally in the Liga de Naciones competition based in Gwinnett, GA offering players more opportunities to grow on and off the field than ever before. The club would show improvement by qualifying for the UPSL Premier Georgia Division playoffs for the first time. Simultaneously, they qualified for the Liga de Naciones semi-finals and finished with the best defensive record of the season.
Club Growth and Future:
From the summer of 2021, Potros FC continued to grow by raising the expectations in the UPSL Premier as well as returning to the ADASL for the 2021/22 season. The Fall 2021 UPSL Premier season would end in disappointment by missing out on the playoffs by only a few points due to losing 6 matches, all by a single goal margin. Despite the setback in the fall, the Spring 2022 UPSL season would prove to be the best finish in the history of the club, finishing 4th overall and falling short in the first round of the playoffs. In addition, the club would win its first ever title by winning the ADASL Division 2 championship.
Potros FC continues to look forward by continuing offering opportunities for its members to develop. This upcoming 2022/23 season will see the club compete in 3 competitions as they continue to look for titles. The club operates with a club member system and offers training, education, and opportunity for competition to local players from month to month with opportunities for entry to the club throughout the year.