The tranquility and serenity of a small town such as Valdosta is enough to keep a smile on your face, however, for some young athletes looking to gain exposure, the small town has its limits. For years, the Valdosta-Lowndes Soccer Club has sought a professional affiliate to help develop the local talent.
"We've been working on trying to get an affiliation with a local MLS Club or a USL club," says Valdosta-Lowndes Soccer Coach John Romaine.
The professional clubs did not answer the call. This helps explain the surprise when Reading of the premiere league in England showed an interest and eventually signed on as the long sought affiliate.
"Reading probably understands that, they like our story of the club and what it was doing... I think that attracted them, I would like to think so," adds Valdosta Lowndes Soccer Club's Chip Harp.
"For Reading to come in and want to do some things with us... the opportunity is unmatched in this area," comments Romaine.
"It's nice to know that we have such a good team like that giving us a little help... We've got a new warm-up that we got from that team," says the 14-year old soccer player Cole Plymale.
Soccer fever is spreading in the small town of Valdosta, the only concern now is which team do they root for in the World Cup?