Even in an era where soccer clubs are merging left and right, NASA-Tophat’s family tree can be a little hard to follow. One of the Atlanta-areas most dominant clubs, NASA-Tophat’s origins dates back to 1994 with a club called United Quest. Dave Smith was hired in 1994 to coach and be Director at Quest. Seriously, it just about takes a trail of breadcrumbs to keep it all straight. United Quest merged with the youth club Metro North in 2004, adopting the new club name North Atlanta Soccer Club, or NASA as it’s most commonly known. Then in 2015, NASA merged with the successful girl’s program based in Buckhead called Tophat which was founded by CY Stricker in 1985. It was, according to Smith, the most dominant girls club in Georgia soccer history.
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