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2010-2011 Atlanta Beat

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Leigh Ann Robinson Atlanta BeatWomen’s Professional Soccer (2010-2011)

Born: June 2009 – WPS expansion franchise.
Folded: January 30, 2012

Stadium: KSU Soccer Stadium (8,318)

Team Colors:

Owner: T. Fitz Johnson

 

The Atlanta Beat were one of two expansion franchises (along with the Philadelphia Independence) to join the short-lived Women’s Professional Soccer for its second season of action in 2010.  The club was a brand revival of Atlanta’s previous women’s pro team, the 2001-2003 Atlanta Beat of the Women’s United Soccer Association.  But aside from purchasing the trademark to the defunct club, the “new” Beat possessed no other formal connections to the prior franchise.  The ownership, players, stadium and front office staff were all entirely new.

Team owner Fitz Johnson was a charismatic U.S. Army veteran, attorney and former defense contractor.  Johnson’s family business was sold to Lockheed Martin in April 2008 for an undisclosed but sizable sum.  Like the majority of WPS franchise owners, Johnson had soccer-playing daughters. The club played two seasons before folding along with the rest of WPS in January 2012.

==KSU Soccer Stadium Artist Renderings==

 

 

==Atlanta Beat Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

2010

2010 4/18/2010 @ Washington Freedom L 3-1 Program
2010 5/9/2010 vs. Sky Blue FC L 1-0 Program Roster
2010 5/16/2010 vs. Washington Freedom L 2-0 Program Roster
2010 6/19/2010 vs. Chicago Red Stars W 1-0 Program Roster
2010 7/3/2010 vs. FC Gold Pride L 4-0 Program Roster
2010 8/1/2010 vs. FC Gold Pride T 0-0 Program Roster
2010 8/4/2010 @ Boston Breakers W 2-0 Program
2010 8/7/2010 vs. Sky Blue FC L 2-1 Program Roster
2010 9/5/2010 vs. Sky Blue FC T 0-0 Program Roster
2010 9/11/2010 @ Washington Freedom L 1-0 Program

2011

2011 5/1/2011 @ Western New York Flash L 3-0 Program

 

==YouTube==

Inaugural home game and opening of KSU Soccer Stadium, May 9, 2010

 

 

==Key Players==

  • Carli Lloyd (2011)
  • Hope Solo (2010)

 

==Downloads==

2009 WPS Expansion Draft Mechanics for Atlanta Beat & Philadelphia Independence

2010 Atlanta Beat Digital Media Guide

 

==Links==

Women’s Professional Soccer Media Guides

Women’s Professional Soccer Programs

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