|Full name||Atlanta Beat|
|Ground||Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia|
|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.
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 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.
The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is a public research university and institute of technology located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shenzhen, China; and Singapore.
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 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.
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 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.On June 17, 2009, the new Atlanta Beat announced that Shawn McGee would be the General Manager of the recently reformed team.
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.
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||Position||Day of Birth||Height||Hometown||College|
|3||Emily Burt||F||April 25, 1975||5' 8"||Menlo Park, California||Stanford University|
|33||Callie Withers||M||May 29, 1981||5' 8"||Palo Alto, California||Stanford University|
|22||Ifeoma Dieke||D||February 25, 1981||5' 7"||Glasgow, Scotland||Florida International University|
|15||Julie Augustyniak||D||February 1, 1979||5' 5"||Peachtree City, GA||Clemson University|
|29||Leslie Gaston||D||August 9, 1980||5' 5"||Montgomery, AL||University of North Carolina|
|25||Nancy Augustyniak||D||February 1, 1979||5' 5"||Peachtree City, GA||Clemson University|
|6||Sharolta Nonen||D||October 30, 1977||5' 6"||Vancouver, BC, Canada||University of Nebraska|
|11||Abby Crumpton||F||April 6, 1981||5' 6"||Rochester Hills, MI||University of Michigan|
|10||Charmaine Hooper (2001–2004)||F||January 15, 1968||5' 7"||Ottawa, ON, Canada||North Carolina State University|
|12||Cindy Parlow||F||November 18, 1978||5' 11"||Memphis, TN||University of North Carolina|
|13||Maribel Dominguez||F||November 18, 1978||5' 4"||Mexico City, Mexico|
|9||Sun Wen||F||April 6, 1973||5' 5"||Shanghai, China||Fudan University|
|1||Briana Scurry||GK||September 7, 1971||5' 8"||Dayton, MN||University of Massachusetts Amherst|
|24||Melanie Wilson||GK||October 5, 1978||5' 9"||Memphis, TN||Texas A&M University|
|18||Aleisha Rose (2004)||M||July 28, 1982||5' 10"||Brigham Young University|
|8||Homare Sawa||M||September 6, 1978||5' 4"||Tokyo, Japan|
|19||Kristin Warren||M||December 17, 1980||5' 7"||Littleton, CO||University of Denver|
|4||Kylie Bivens||M||October 24, 1978||5' 5"||Upland, CA||Santa Clara University|
|16||Marci Miller||M||December 4, 1975||5' 7"||St. Charles, IL||Southern Methodist University|
|Nicky Thrasher||F||5' 6"||El Paso, TX||Texas A&M University|
|2||Wendy Dillinger (2001)||D||December 9, 1974||5' 7"||St. Charles, MO||Indiana University|
|5||Nikki Serlenga||M||5' 5"||Santa Clara University|
|21||Lisa Krzykowski (2001–2002)||M||Cedarburg, WI||University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee|
Carolina Courage was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Fetzer Field on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in 2001, and then at the soccer-specific SAS Stadium in Cary, North Carolina in 2002 and 2003.
The Washington Freedom was an American professional soccer club based in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Germantown, Maryland, that participated in Women's Professional Soccer. The Freedom was founded in 2001 as a member of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association. Beginning in 2004, the Freedom played its home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex. In 2011, the team relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, and became magicJack.
The Philadelphia Charge was an American women's professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Villanova Stadium on the campus of Villanova University near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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San Jose CyberRays was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Spartan Stadium on the South Campus of San José State University in San Jose, California. Stars included U.S. National Team star Brandi Chastain, WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year LaKeysia Beene, and leading scorer Julie Murray. Other memorable CyberRays were Brazilians Sissi and Katia, Tisha Venturini, and "ironwoman" Thori Bryan, who played every minute of the first season. They were coached by Ian Sawyers, who received WUSA Coach of the Year honors in 2001.
Kristine Marie Lilly Heavey, née Kristine Marie Lilly, is a retired American soccer player who last played professionally for Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Football (WPS). She was a member of the United States women's national football team for 23 years and is the most capped football player in the history of the sport gaining her 354th and final cap against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier in November 2010. Lilly scored 130 goals for the United States women's national team, behind Mia Hamm's 158 goals, and Abby Wambach's 184.
Charmaine Elizabeth Hooper is a former soccer striker who played for the Canadian women's national team. She scored 71 international goals in 128 caps. At club level Hooper played professionally in the United States, Norway, Italy and Japan.
Homare Sawa is a former Japanese professional football player. She was captain of the Japan national team that won gold at the 2011 World Cup and led the team to the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2012, she was named the 2011 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. She previously played for the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), Nippon TV Beleza, the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), and INAC Kobe Leonessa in the Nadeshiko League Division 1.
Denver Diamonds was an American women's soccer team, founded in 1996. In its debut season the team won its USL W-League conference, then finished second four years in succession, before folding after the 2000 season. The team was later a member of the Women's Premier Soccer League, the second tier of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada. Starting play in the 2002 season, they went on hiatus in 2005, then folded again after the 2009 season.
The Boston Breakers was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Nickerson Field on the campus of Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Fifth Third Bank Stadium is primarily used as the home for the Kennesaw State Owls men's football team. It was originally a soccer-specific stadium near Kennesaw, Georgia that opened on May 2, 2010, with the first match played on May 9. It was primarily used for soccer, and hosts lacrosse and rugby games. The facility is the result of a public-private partnership between Kennesaw State University and the now-defunct Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer. The facility hosts the KSU women's soccer team; previously, it hosted the Beat, and hosted the 2010 WPS All-Star Game on June 30. Pro soccer returned when Atlanta United 2 of the USL Championship moved to the stadium for the 2019 season. The stadium hosted a 2019 CONCACAF Champions League match, where Atlanta United played against Herediano on February 28, 2019 and won 4-0.
Sports in Atlanta has a rich history, including the oldest on-campus NCAA Division I football stadium, Bobby Dodd Stadium, built in 1913 by the students of Georgia Tech. Atlanta also played host to the second intercollegiate football game in the South, played between the A&M College of Alabama and the University of Georgia in Piedmont Park in 1892; this game is now called the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. The city hosts college football's annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10 km race. Atlanta was the host city for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics, and Downtown Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park was built for and commemorates the games.
The 2001 Women's United Soccer Association season served as the inaugural season for WUSA, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The regular season began on April 14 and ended on August 12, with the postseason games being held on August 18 and August 25.
The 2002 Women's United Soccer Association season was the second season for WUSA, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The regular season began on April 13 and ended on August 11. The playoffs began on August 17, with the championship match between played on August 24 between the Carolina Courage and the Washington Freedom.
The 2003 Women's United Soccer Association season was the third and final season for WUSA, the first top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The regular season began on April 5 and ended on August 10. The playoffs began on August 16, with the championship match between played on August 24 between the Washington Freedom and the Atlanta Beat.
The North Carolina Courage is a professional women's soccer team based in Cary, North Carolina. Its former incarnation, the Western New York Flash, was a founding member of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., in 2013. They relocated to North Carolina for 2017. They are affiliated with the men's team North Carolina FC of the United Soccer League, and play their home games at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
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