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July 27 in Atlanta soccer history


  • 1973: The Apollos lost 3-1 to the New York Cosmos at Grant Field in front of 2,671. John Cocking scored his 2nd goal of the season for Atlanta in the loss.

  • 1980: Carl Strong's first goal of the season was not enough for the Chiefs as they fell 3-1 to the Houston Hurricane in front of 2,737 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The loss was Atlanta's 11th in a row.

  • 1997: The Ruckus routed the Orlando Sundogs 4-0 in A-League action at Roswell Stadium. Mo Suri scored twice in the win.

  • 2002: The Beat defeated the Carolina Courage 1-0 at Herndon Stadium. Charmaine Hooper's goal was enough for Atlanta to earn the three points.

  • 2002: The Silverbacks lost 2-0 to the Charleston Battery at DeKalb Memorial Stadium. The two teams had played to a 0-0 draw after two 10-minute overtime periods the previous night (yes, they played on back-to-back nights in the old A-League).

  • 2013: The Silverbacks hosted Xelaju of Guatemala in an international friendly at Silverbacks Park. Atlanta won 3-2 in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,000. Danny Barrera scored twice, and Alex Caceres scored what ended up as the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute.


  • 1967: Tom Linthicum wrote in the Atlanta Constitution about the Chiefs trying to line up an international friendly for September against a South American opponent. It was contingent on a merger being approved between the two competing professional leagues, which did not happen until the following year.

  • 1967: The Chiefs played an intrasquad scrimmage in Macon at Luther Williams Field in front of a small, but reportedly enthusiastic crowd. The Macon Chamber of Commerce presented a key to the city to the Chiefs.

  • 1990: Dennis Berkholtz, marketing director of the Georgia Dome, was named chairman of the 12-member committee that was to prepare Atlanta's bid for the 1994 World Cup. The Georgia World Soccer '94 Committee also included three members of the American Indoor Soccer Association's Atlanta Attack - coach Keith Tozer, vice president Graham Tutt and John Durham, the club's vice president/marketing. The committee was assisted by the Georgia State Soccer Association.

  • 1995: The South team won a match 3-1 at the U.S. Olympic Festival, led by Redan High School's striker Chris Faklaris' goal. Jason Moore of Parkview, Danny Care of McIntosh, and Javier Vivanco of Stone Mountain also featured for the South team in the event.

  • 1995: John Doyle, Atlanta Ruckus center back and captain, was called up by the US men's national team for the Parmalat Cup in August. He had last played for the USA in 1993 after playing the 1990 World Cup and 1988 Olympics.

  • 2020: Atlanta United 2 manager Stephen Glass named interim manager for the MLS side after the departure of Frank de Boer. Academy director Tony Annan named interim manager for Atlanta United 2.


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