Atlanta Beat (WPS)

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Atlanta Beat
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Full name Atlanta Beat
Nickname(s) Beat
Founded 2009
Stadium KSU Soccer Stadium
Ground Capacity 8,300
Owner United States T. Fitz Johnson
General manager United States Shawn McGee
Head coach James Galanis
League Women's Professional Soccer

The Atlanta Beat was an American professional soccer club based in Atlanta, Georgia. They still exist, but as an amateur team. The team joined Women's Professional Soccer as an expansion team in 2010, and played its home games at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium, the result of a public-private partnership between the team and Kennesaw State University.[1] The club succeeded the former Atlanta Beat of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association.

History[edit]

Name and colors[edit]

The team's name was announced to be the Beat on June 18, 2009. The name was determined by a fan poll, with Attack, Beat, and Storm as the options.

The new Beat logo was the same design as the previous WUSA logo, with the two shades of blue being replaced by Gold and Ferrari Red.[2]

Building the team[edit]

Atlanta began building its team at the 2009 WPS Expansion Draft on September 15, 2009,[3] where it selected six players from the existing seven WPS teams, getting four players from the teams that finished first and second in the league's inaugural season. A week later, Atlanta selected five international players[4] in the 2009 WPS International Draft, including three players from Umea IK, and thus now have exclusive negotiating rights to those players among WPS teams.

Inaugural season[edit]

The Beat ended the 2010 season in last place with 5 wins, 13 losses, and 6 ties. [5]

2011 season[edit]

The Atlanta Beat started off the 2011 season on April 9 in a game against the Boston Breakers in front of over slightly 4,000 spectators at KLS Stadium. The Beat lost 1-4 to Boston with their lone goal coming from Carli Lloyd in a penalty kick in the 78th minute.[6]

Players[edit]

2011 roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States DF Katherine Reynolds
United States MF India Trotter
United States MF Lori Chalupny
United States DF Keeley Dowling
United States DF Cat Whitehill
United States DF Heather Mitts
United States DF Kia McNeill
United States FW Lauren Sesselmann
United States MF Carli Lloyd
United States GK Allison Lipsher
United States MF Angela Salem
United States MF Colleen Flanagan
No. Position Player
United States DF Megan Jesolva
United States MF Julianne Sitch
United States FW Meghan Lenczyk
United States MF Kacey White
United States MF Kylie Wright
United States GK Katie Fraine
United States FW Katie Bethke
United States GK Allison Whitworth
United States FW Analisa Marquez
Canada MF Kelly Parker
United States MF Lyndsey Patterson
United States MF Bianca D'Agostino

League suspension[edit]

On January 30, 2012, Women's Professional Soccer announced suspension of the 2012 season, citing several internal organization struggles as the primary cause. Some of these included an ongoing legal battle with an ex-franchise owner and the lack of resources invested into the league.[7][8]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellis, Ralph (2010-04-15). "KSU hopes to raise profile with new soccer stadium". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Atlanta Beat Announced as Ninth Team in Women's Professional Soccer". WPS. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Beat find attacking options and experience in Expansion Draft". WPS. 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Atlanta Drafts International Players". WPS. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Atlanta Beat readies for inaugural season". GA Voice. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Boston Breakers 4-1 Atlanta Beat: Breakers kick-off season in dominating fashion". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "WPS suspends 2012 season". ESPN. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Suspended season brings uncertainty". ESPN. Retrieved 14 November 2012.