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August 4 in Atlanta soccer history


  • 1982: The Georgia Generals defeated the Nashville Diamonds 3-1 in an exhibition American Soccer League match in Kingsport, Tennessee at J. Fred Johnson Stadium. The match was a money-maker for the Generals, to the tune of $4,000 according to the Kingsport News-Times, and drew around 5,000 fans. Kevin Fouser, Jose Neto, and Sonny Askew scored for the Generals while the money made likely had a hand in keeping the club alive for the remainder of the season.

(Johnson City Press)

  • 1999: The Silverbacks lost 3-2 after extra time on the road to the Jacksonville Cyclones in A-League play. Iggy Moleka scored his 11th goal of the season for Atlanta in the loss and was sent off after Pete Santora's winning goal for the Cyclones.

  • 2000: It was a better August 4 a year later for Moleka, who scored twice in a 4-1 Silverbacks win on the road against the Tennessee Rhythm. Patrick Beech added his 13th goal of the season and Januz Coralic scored in the 90th minute.

  • 2001: The Atlanta Beat won 2-1 on the road over the Washington Freedom in WUSA play. Charmaine Hooper scored both goals, and they were both assisted by Sun Wen. 8,854 were on hand for the match at RFK Stadium. The goals came in the 81st and 85th minutes of the match and clinched a playoff spot for the Beat.

  • 2001: The Silverbacks throttled the visiting Cincinnati Riverhawks 7-0 at DeKalb Memorial Stadium. Ryan Walker and Sean-Michael Callahan each scored two goals in the win.

  • 2002: The Washington Freedom defeated the Atlanta Beat 3-2 at home. Cindy Parlow's 77th minute goal appeared to give Atlanta a draw, but Washington scored a stoppage time winner from Pu Wei assisted by Mia Hamm.

  • 2006: Toronto Lynx came to Silverbacks Park and defeated Atlanta 4-2. Liam George and Jason McLaughlin scored for the Silverbacks.

  • 2010: The Boston Breakers defeated the Atlanta Beat 2-0 in WPS play with both goals coming from England international Kelly Smith.

  • 2012: The Silverbacks won in the NASL over the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 4-2 in front of over 4,000 fans at Silverbacks Park. Pedro Mendes scored twice, Matt Horth and Borfor Carr each added one to the scoreboard for Atlanta.

  • 2018: Josef Martinez scored twice in Atlanta United's 2-2 draw with Toronto FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The goals added to Martinez's run of scoring Atlanta's last 8 goals.


  • 1979: Datagraphic Soccer Club, coming off of a U.S. National Amateur Cup title in the summer, traveled to Nashville as special guests of Nashville United as they inaugurated a new home field. Datagraphic won the match 4-0.

  • 2005: The Colorado Rapids loaned defender Amir Lowery to the Atlanta Silverbacks for the remainder of the USL First Division season.

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