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 Flag of the United States.svg T. Fitz Johnson
General manager Flag of the United States.svg 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. [1] The club took the name and logo of the former Atlanta Beat (WUSA) of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association.

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History

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.

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]

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Building the team

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.

The 2009 WPS Expansion Draft was a special draft for the Women's Professional Soccer teams Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence, taking place on September 15, 2009. Each expansion team made 9 selections from the existing seven WPS teams.

The 2009 WPS International Draft was a special draft for the Women's Professional Soccer teams Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence taking place on September 22, 2009. Each expansion team picked up to five international players, to be roughly even with the seven existing WPS teams.

Inaugural season

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

2011 season

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]

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Players

2011 roster

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

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

League suspension

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]

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