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August 10 in Atlanta soccer history


  • 1971: The Chiefs lost in an international friendly to Bangu of Brazil 2-0 in front of 3,480 at Atlanta Stadium. Barrie Lynch and Mike Hoban, on loan to Atlanta from Aston Villa, had to return to England after the match.

  • 1973: In their final match as a club, the Apollos drew 2-2 at Grant Field to the Toronto Metros in front of 2,089. Paul Child scored his 8th goal of the season while Freddie Mwila added his 3rd for Atlanta.

  • 1980: In front of 19,425 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, the Chiefs lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Kicks in NASL action. Keith Furphy and David Irving scored for Atlanta in the loss. It was the 14th straight loss on the road for the Chiefs.

  • 1997: The Ruckus lost their 2nd straight match on their West Coast road trip, falling 2-1 to the California Jaguars in front of 500 fans at the Salinas Sports Complex. Mo Suri scored his 4th goal of the season for Atlanta.

  • 2002: The Beat defeated the Philadelphia Charge 2-1 at Herndon Stadium in front of 7,590 fans. Nikki Serlenga and Kelly Cagle scored for Atlanta.

  • 2003: The Beat were unable to secure the top seed in the WUSA playoffs in their regular season finale, drawing 1-1 with the visiting New York Power at Herndon Stadium. Charmaine Hooper scored the Atlanta goal.

  • 2007: The Silverbacks defeated the visiting Puerto Rico Islanders 3-0 at Silverbacks Park. David Hayes, Macoumba Kandji, and Machel Millwood scored for Atlanta in the win.


  • 1973: An Atlanta District Amateur Soccer League all-star match was played at Grant Field prior to the final Atlanta Apollos match of the season.

  • 1979: The Athens Invitational Tournament began with teams from Trinidad & Tobago and Germany participating in the U19 age group. Atlanta Datagraphic were the defending champions on the adult side and faced teams from seven different states in the tournament.

  • 1995: The Atlanta Ruckus signed English forward Justin Fashanu for the remainder of the 1995 A-League season. Fashanu was one of the first openly gay players in international soccer and the first openly gay athlete in Atlanta professional sports.

  • 1996: The Ruckus match vs. Vancouver was canceled by the A-League as they continued to search for a new owner for the club.

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