Atlanta Beat (WUSA)

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Atlanta Beat
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Full name Atlanta Beat
Nickname(s) Beat
Founded 2001
Ground Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Capacity 15,000
Owner Cox Enterprises
General Manager Lynn Morgan
Head Coach Tom Stone
League Women's United Soccer Association

The Atlanta Beat was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Bobby Dodd Stadium on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in their first year of operation before moving to Herndon Stadium, on the campus of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Womens United Soccer Association

The Women's United Soccer Association, often abbreviated to the WUSA, was the world's first women's soccer league in which all the players were paid as professionals. Founded in February 2000, the league began its first season in April 2001 with eight teams in the United States. The league suspended operations on September 15, 2003, shortly after the end of its third season, after making cumulative losses of around US $100 million.

Bobby Dodd Stadium stadium at Georgia Tech

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field is the football stadium located at the corner of North Avenue at Techwood Drive on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. It has been home to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team, often referred to as the "Ramblin' Wreck", in rudimentary form since 1905 and as a complete stadium since 1913. The team participates in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. It is the oldest stadium in the FBS and has been the site of more home wins than any other FBS stadium.

Georgia Institute of Technology public research university in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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History

The team began play in 2001, and reached the playoffs in each of the WUSA's three seasons — the only team in the league to do so. They advanced to the Founders Cup in both 2001 and 2003, losing on both occasions.

The Beat's "founding players" were Briana Scurry, Cindy Parlow, and Nikki Serlenga of the USA women's national team. The Beat had the #1 pick in the inaugural WUSA draft, and selected China's Sun Wen, star of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. Their first goal was scored by Japan star midfielder Homare Sawa.

Briana Scurry soccer player

Briana Collette Scurry is an American retired soccer goalkeeper and current assistant coach of the Washington Spirit. Scurry was the starting goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team at the 1995 World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympics, 1999 World Cup (champions), 2003 World Cup, and the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. She played in the semi-final and playoff for third place in the 2007 Women's World Cup. She was a founding member of the WUSA, playing three seasons as starting goalkeeper for the Atlanta Beat (2001–2003).

Nikki Serlenga is an American retired soccer player. She is a former United States women's national soccer team player and received a silver medal as a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.

Sun Wen is a retired Chinese professional football (soccer) player. She previously captained the China women's national football team and the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA).

The coach of the Atlanta Beat was Tom Stone.

League Suspension

The WUSA announced on September 15, 2003, that it was suspending operations. Several former Beat players went on to play for the Atlanta Silverbacks Women in the W-League, and five Briana Scurry, Sharolta Nonen, Homare Sawa, Nancy Augustyniak, and Ifeoma Dieke—played in Women's Professional Soccer.

Atlanta Silverbacks Women

Atlanta Silverbacks Women was an American women’s soccer team that played from 2005 through 2016. The team played in the USL W-League from 2005 until the league folded after the 2015 season. For the 2016 season they played in the Women's Premier Soccer League. They won the W-League championship in 2011 and the WPSL Southeast championship in 2016.

The USL W-League was a North American women's soccer developmental organization. The W-League was also an open league, giving college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league was administered by the United Soccer Leagues system, which also oversees the men's United Soccer League and Premier Development League. The W-League announced on November 6, 2015 that the league will cease operation ahead of 2016 season.

Sharolta Louisa Nonen is a Canadian former soccer defender and current women’s soccer coach of the Florida International University Panthers. She played for Nebraska Cornhuskers (NCAA)where she was the First 3X All-American and the First Big 12 Player of the Year in Nebraska soccer History, Atlanta Beat (WUSA) Nonen was an All Star with and named Top 3 defenders in the WUSA, All Star Player for Fortuna Hjørring and led the team to its first, First place finish in over 10 years, Atlanta Silverbacks she was the First Player coach in Silverbacks semi-professional history and she led the team to one of its highest finishes ever, she was an All Star at FC Indiana (W-League) and with Los Angeles Sol (WPS) was a part of the National Championship team in 2009.

It was announced on October 7, 2009, that a newly formed version of the Atlanta Beat would be joining WPS. [1] On June 17, 2009, the new Atlanta Beat announced that Shawn McGee would be the General Manager of the recently reformed team. [2]

Womens Professional Soccer defunct soccer league and highest level of womens soccer in the United States

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) was the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. It began play on March 29, 2009. The league was composed of seven teams for its first two seasons and fielded six teams for the 2011 season, with continued plans for future expansion. The WPS was the highest level in the United States soccer pyramid for the women's game.

Atlanta Beat (WPS) amateur soccer team, former Womens Professional Soccer franchise

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.

Players (All-Time Roster)

#NamePositionDay of BirthHeightHometownCollege
3 Emily Burt FApril 25, 19755' 8" Menlo Park, California Stanford University
33 Callie Withers MMay 29, 19815' 8" Palo Alto, California Stanford University
22 Ifeoma Dieke DFebruary 25, 19815' 7" Glasgow, Scotland Florida International University
15 Julie Augustyniak DFebruary 1, 19795' 5" Peachtree City, GA Clemson University
29 Leslie Gaston DAugust 9, 19805' 5" Montgomery, AL University of North Carolina
25 Nancy Augustyniak DFebruary 1, 19795' 5" Peachtree City, GA Clemson University
6 Sharolta Nonen DOctober 30, 19775' 6" Vancouver, BC, Canada University of Nebraska
11 Abby Crumpton FApril 6, 19815' 6" Rochester Hills, MI University of Michigan
10 Charmaine Hooper (2001–2004)FJanuary 15, 19685' 7" Ottawa, ON, Canada North Carolina State University
12 Cindy Parlow FNovember 18, 19785' 11" Memphis, TN University of North Carolina
13 Maribel Dominguez FNovember 18, 19785' 4" Mexico City, Mexico  
9 Sun Wen FApril 6, 19735' 5" Shanghai, China Fudan University
1 Briana Scurry GKSeptember 7, 19715' 8" Dayton, MN University of Massachusetts Amherst
24 Melanie Wilson GKOctober 5, 19785' 9" Memphis, TN Texas A&M University
18 Aleisha Rose (2004)MJuly 28, 19825' 10"  Brigham Young University
8 Homare Sawa MSeptember 6, 19785' 4" Tokyo, Japan
19 Kristin Warren MDecember 17, 19805' 7" Littleton, CO University of Denver
4 Kylie Bivens MOctober 24, 19785' 5" Upland, CA Santa Clara University
16 Marci Miller MDecember 4, 19755' 7" St. Charles, IL Southern Methodist University
Nicky Thrasher F5' 6" El Paso, TX Texas A&M University
2 Wendy Dillinger (2001)DDecember 9, 19745' 7" St. Charles, MO Indiana University
5 Nikki Serlenga M5' 5" Santa Clara University
21 Lisa Krzykowski (2001–2002)M Cedarburg, WI University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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References

  1. Atlanta to Join Women's Professional Soccer in 2010 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  2. Atlanta Women’s Professional Soccer Team Names Shawn McGee General Manager "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-04. Retrieved 2009-06-22.