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August 11 in Atlanta soccer history


  • 1967: The Chiefs went to Pittsburgh and lost 3-2 to the Phantoms at Forbes Field. The 2 goals for Atlanta were both own goals.

  • 1979: The NASL outdoor season ended at Wrigley Field in Chicago as the host Sting defeated the Chiefs 2-0 in front of 8,011 fans. Future indoor legend Karl-Heinz Grantiza scored one of Chicago's goals.

(photo credit: Chicago Tribune,

  • 1991: The Atlanta Attack indoor team hosted an outdoor exhibition against the U.S. U23 national team at The Lovett School to publicize Atlanta's bid to host World Cup matches in 1994. A standing room only crowd of 4,076 turned out, with another 2,500 turned away. Joe-Max Moore had a hat trick for the U23's as they won 4-2 after extra time. Gary Heale and Zoran Savic scored for the Attack.

  • 1995: One day after his signing, Justin Fashanu scored for the Ruckus against the Seattle Sounders in A-League action at Adams Stadium. The match finished 1-1 and the Ruckus won the shootout 3-2. 2,435 were on hand for the match.

  • 2004: The Silverbacks lost on the road to the Virginia Beach Mariners 3-1 in A-League action. Leslie Fitzpatrick scored the lone Atlanta goal.

  • 2019: Atlanta United defeated NYCFC 2-1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, both goals were scored by Josef Martinez.


  • 1981: Sally Wilson of The Atlanta Constitution wrote about the issues facing the NASL and whether Atlanta would continue to be part of the league. League meetings were scheduled for the following week. Ted Turner committed to funding the Chiefs through 3 years, with 1981 being that third year. Chiefs' board chairman Robert Wussler said, "One way or another, I think there will be an Atlanta Chiefs." The Chiefs wanted the NASL to take the indoor league more seriously, while quite a few clubs wanted nothing to do with indoor soccer.

  • 1991: The Mustangs club completed a big year by winning the ADASL U23 summer season. Mustangs teams won city and state championships across all age groups. Two players who went on to play professionally from the club were Javier Vivanco (Atlanta Ruckus) and Chad Carithers (Charleston Battery).

  • 1993: Long-time Stone Mountain HS coach Bob Rumble moved to Heritage HS in Rockdale County. "You'd have to say that nowhere in the state do they take their soccer as seriously as they do in Rockdale," Rumble said.

  • 1995: Efforts continued to try to save Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which was scheduled to be torn down after the 1996 MLB season and the Olympics. Professional soccer was one of many possible uses for the facility that was publicly mentioned.

  • 2001: George O'Leary, head coach of Georgia Tech's football team, complained publicly about the state of Bobby Dodd Stadium's field after the summer usage by the Atlanta Beat. The Beat had one more game scheduled for August 18, a WUSA semifinal. O'Leary said on letting the team use the stadium that day, "I think that's the right thing to do right now." "But we won't ever get involved in that again." The Beat purchased a $600K practice field for the school to be used at Rose Bowl Field ahead of the team's spring football practices.

  • 2008: Women's Professional Soccer, which was set to launch in 2009, announced that Atlanta would join the league in its second season. Fitz Johnson was announced as the leader of the local ownership group and the team's managing partner.

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