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August 17 in Atlanta soccer history


  • 1969: The Chiefs won 4-0 on the road in Baltimore against the Bays. Kaizer Motaung scored all four goals for Atlanta to take his season total to twelve.

  • 1980: An intimate crowd of 2,662 saw a seven-goal thriller at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium as the Dallas Tornado defeated the Chiefs 4-3. Walker McCall scored twice for Atlanta, George Nanchoff added the other goal in a losing effort.

  • 2002: The host Carolina Courage defeated the Atlanta Beat in the WUSA semifinal 2-1 in extra time. The Beat had a 1-0 lead from a Nikki Serlenga penalty before losing Julie Augustyniak to a second yellow card midway through the second half. Hege Riise converted on a penalty for Carolina before Carla Overbeck tapped in the game-winner in extra time.

  • 2003: The Beat equalized late in the WUSA semifinal against the San Diego Spirit through Conny Pohlers and Charmaine Hooper's golden goal in extra time sent them to the Founders' Cup.


  • 1983: Karen Willoughby and Mary King were named to the USA youth national team. Willoughby was a junior star athlete at Riverwood High School in basketball and track, but the school did not have a girls' soccer team. She played for Blackburn United in the DeKalb youth league. King did get the chance to play in high school at Stone Mountain and played for the Phoenix Connection youth team.

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  • 1993: The Atlanta City Council asked the International Olympic Committee to reject a proposal from the local Olympics organizing committee to move the soccer finals to Athens' Sanford Stadium. The local organizing committee said that a soccer pitch didn't fit after alterations to the Olympic Stadium in order to allow the Atlanta Braves to convert it into a baseball stadium after the Olympics.

  • 2016: Arthur Blank said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Atlanta United expected to hire its first manager "probably this summer, early fall at the latest."


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