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August 9 in Atlanta soccer history


  • 1967: The Chiefs dropped a match at Atlanta Stadium to the St. Louis Stars. 5,583 turned up to see Atlanta goals from Emment Kapengwe and Howard Riley. Atlanta finished with 8 players after Peter McParland (first half), Roddy Pearce (74th minute), and Delroy Scott (84th minute) were sent off. The Chiefs were whistled for 29 fouls to Toronto's 4.

From Charlie Roberts' article in the Atlanta Constitution:

"by the time Peter McParland of the Chiefs was ushered to the sidelines for allegedly roughing up goalie Miguel de Lima, a Brazilian who faints a lot and could never make the grade on Paul Jones' wrestling circuit. He's too bad an actor when he fakes his falls."

The Chiefs' 2 goals came with 8 players and after falling behind 3-0. Fans threw "debris" on the field, "one somewhat inebriated fan" asked for directions to the referees' locker room, and a "rash of telephone calls" was received by the Atlanta Constitution from fans asking for the name and address of the NASL commissioner.

Chiefs' player-coach Phil Woosnam had questions about the night's calls.

  • 1968: At Varsity Stadium, Atlanta defeated the hosts Toronto Falcons 3-0 in front of 4,228. Kaizer Motaung scored his 10th goal of the season while Delroy Scott scored his first. Toronto also had an own goal.

  • 1969: The Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Bays 4-2 at Atlanta Stadium in front of 3,051 fans to keep their championship hopes alive. Emment Kapengwe scored twice, Kaizer Motaung and Freddie Mwila each scored once. Atlanta had 41 shots in the match according to the Atlanta Constitution's Hal Hayes. Chiefs' coach Vic Crowe said Atlanta should have scored "10-ish".

  • 1981: The Washington Diplomats defeated the Chiefs 2-0 at RFK Stadium in front of 6,003.

  • 1998: A-League Atlanta throttled the Jacksonville Cyclones 5-2 at Adams Stadium in front of 487 fans. Mo Suri and Marcos Roberto each scored twice and Stilian Shiskov added the remaining Atlanta goal.

  • 2001: The Beat shutout the Bay Area CyberRays 4-0 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in front of 8,523. Charmaine Hooper had a hat trick for Atlanta, Kerry Gragg also scored.


  • 1978: A meeting was held in Denver between the ownership of the NASL Colorado Caribous and prospective new owners from Atlanta, Dick Cecil and Al Thornwell. Cecil told the Atlanta Constitution's Al Smith that "it's just a matter of time" before the deal would be done.

  • 1979: Dan Wood was given a new 2-year contract by the Chiefs and included Director of Player Personnel in his job duties.

  • 1982: The DeKalb County Board of Education voted to cut the rent for the Georgia Generals American Soccer League matches in half to $3,000 per game. The Generals would continue to pay 25 cents per ticket sold to the county as part of a previous agreement. The new rental agreement secured the Generals' ability to finish the season.

  • 1989: Articles in the Atlanta Constitution used two different names for the yet-to-be announced American Indoor Soccer Association expansion team in Atanta, the Atlanta Attack and the Atlanta Sky. It was reported that Graham Tutt, former goalkeeper for the Chiefs and long-time soccer promoter in Atlanta, would be the new team's VP of Operations.

  • 1991: Atlanta Attack owner Ron Terwilliger and coach Keith Tozer toured Kansas City which indicated that the team could be moving ahead of the 1991-92 indoor season.


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