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August 1 in Atlanta soccer history
1971: On a hot, muggy day in Washington, the Chiefs drew 0-0 with the Washington Whips in NASL play. Atlanta remained on top of the NASL standings after the match.
1979: The Chiefs won 3-2 at Schaefer Stadium (later Foxboro Stadium) against the New England Tea Men in NASL league play. Rookie Adrian Brooks scored 2 goals for Atlanta, George Nanchoff scored his second goal of the season as well. Watch the WTCG Channel 17 broadcast below:
1997: Adeola Ayegbaroju's goal was enough for the Ruckus to defeat the visiting Charleston Battery at Roswell Stadium in A-League action. 1,896 turned out in Roswell for the match. Back-to-back wins for Atlanta kept them in the A-League playoff race.
1998: The Hampton Roads Mariners defeated A-League Atlanta (the name the former Ruckus was operating under when the league assumed control of the club) 3-0 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
1999: Iggy Moleka's 10th goal of the season was not enough for the Silverbacks to claim a result on the road. The Toronto Lynx defeated Atlanta 2-1 at the Centennial Park Stadium.
2001: The Beat lost 1-0 to the Boston Breakers in front of 7,353 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in WUSA league play.
1972: The Atlanta Chiefs announced that they will host Dynamo Moscow in an international friendly on August 23 at Atlanta Stadium. Dynamo was being managed by legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin.
1980: Former Parkview star Kevin Fouser scored for the US U20 National Team (then called the Junior National Team) in a 5-0 win to open the CONCACAF U20 Championships. It is believed to be the first goal from a Georgian for any US national team.
1981: An article in the Atlanta Constitution explored the possibility of the Atlanta Chiefs playing future seasons at DeKalb Memorial Stadium. The Chiefs were set to play Ft. Lauderdale at the stadium as a precursor for a potential future move. The future of the Chiefs was very up in the air at this point due to league and financial instability. The Chiefs did not post a required $150K bond for the 1982 season by the August 1 deadline.
1991: The U16 Wolves from metro Atlanta's American Soccer Association reached the final of the AAU Junior Olympics in Tallahassee, FL. Mickey Wigley coached the team.
1994: Atlanta's bid for a Major League Soccer club was put on hold as the league postponed its announcement of the final five clubs.
1996: The US women’s national team defeated China in the Olympic Gold Medal match 2-1 at Sanford Stadium in Athens in front of 76,489 fans, preceded by Norway defeating Brazil 2-0 in the Bronze medal match. Tiffany Milbrett scored the winning goal in the 68th minute.
2018: The MLS All-Star Game was hosted by Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium vs. Juventus. Josef Martinez scored a goal and was named MVP. Tata Martino managed the MLS All-Stars. Miguel Almiron, Ezequiel Barco, Brad Guzan, and Michael Parkhurst also played in the match.
(Milbrett photo from Associated Press published in the Baltimore Sun)