Atlanta Beat (WPS)
|Full name||Atlanta Beat|
|Ground||KSU Soccer Stadium|
|Owner||T. Fitz Johnson|
|General manager||Shawn McGee|
|Head coach||James Galanis|
|League||Women's Professional Soccer|
The Atlanta Beat is an American soccer club based in Atlanta, Georgia that formerly competed on a professional level. 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. The club took the name and logo of the former Atlanta Beat (WUSA) of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association.
Name and colors
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.
Building the team
Atlanta began building its team at the 2009 WPS Expansion Draft on September 15, 2009, 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 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.
The Beat ended the 2010 season in last place with 5 wins, 13 losses, and 6 ties. 
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.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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.
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- "Beat find attacking options and experience in Expansion Draft". WPS. 2009-09-17. Archived from the original on 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- "Atlanta Drafts International Players". WPS. 2009-06-18. Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- "Atlanta Beat readies for inaugural season". GA Voice. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Boston Breakers 4–1 Atlanta Beat: Breakers kick-off season in dominating fashion". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "WPS suspends 2012 season". ESPN. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- "Suspended season brings uncertainty". ESPN. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
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