On This Date in Atlanta Soccer History: August 18
1971: Nick Papadakis scored the only goal for the Atlanta Chiefs in their 1-0 win at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Stars. The goal came in the 87th minute and was disputed by the Stars' players. Per Doug Grow of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis players shoved the referee and assistant referee and threw a "few wild swings" that did not connect. Stars executive vice president and U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame member Walter Giesler said:
"I've seen some terrible calls, some lousy officiating, but this was the lousiest. You can quote me on that, I'll get fined by the league, but I don't give a damn."
1996: Alex Bahr's second goal of the season gave the Atlanta Ruckus a 1-0 win in A-League action on the road against the New York Fever.
2001: The Atlanta Beat defeated the Philadelphia Charge 3-2 in the WUSA semifinal to advance to the first ever Founders' Cup championship match. Cindy Parlow's golden goal, her second goal of the match, won the match for Atlanta with only three minutes left in extra time. Philadelphia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half in front of 12,138 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Sun Wen cut the lead in half from the penalty spot in the 67th minute before Parlow equalized with ten minutes left.
2019: Atlanta United won 2-0 at Providence Park in Portland in one of the best performances of the 2019 season. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez opened the scoring in the 14th minute and Josef Martinez extended the lead one minute into the second half with a great goal assisted by Julian Gressel. The win put the 5 Stripes on top of the Eastern Conference table. Highlights below: