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August 8 in Atlanta soccer history


  • 1970: The Chiefs defeated the Rochester Lancers 3-0 in NASL action at Tara Stadium. 1,318 fans saw Nick Papadakis score his 8th goal of the season, Henry Largie scored his 5th, and Rochester scored an own goal. Manfred Kammerer notched the clean sheet for Atlanta, making 9 saves.

  • 1979: In the last home match of the NASL outdoor season, the Chiefs demolished the Washington Diplomats 4-0 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in front of 6,231. Jeff Bourne scored his team-high 18th goal of the season in the win.

  • 1997: The Orange County Zodiac defeated the visiting Ruckus 3-2 after extra time in A-League play at Santa Ana Stadium. Bigu and Marcos Roberto scored for Atlanta in the loss. The win ended a 3-game Ruckus winning streak.

  • 1998: The Atlanta Classics were eliminated from the W-League playoffs in the South Region final by the Raleigh Flyers 2-1. Sara Burkett scored Atlanta's only goal.


  • 1966: The National Professional Soccer League was announced in New York with Atlanta as a charter member. Bill Bartholomay, owner of the Atlanta Braves, and Arthur Montgomery were bullish on the potential success of soccer in Atlanta. Robert Hermann of St. Louis was the acting league president. New York, Boston, Hartford, Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Toronto were also announced as charter members of the NPSL.

  • 1971: With an international friendly coming up against Bangu of Brazil, there was concern Jamaican Art Welch would return in time after traveling to Kingston to get his permanent visa.

  • 1981: Chiefs' chairman Robert Wussler planned to push for a merger between the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League at the upcoming NASL executives meeting, per an Atlanta Constitution article by Sally Wilson. Wussler, whose Chiefs were having far greater success financially indoors, wanted to see a merger before the November indoor seasons started.

  • 2017: Bobby Boswell was acquired by Atlanta United in a trade with DC United. Zach Loyd was placed on the injury list. Atlanta United also traded an international slot to San Jose for targeted allocation money.


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