On This Date in Atlanta Soccer History, August 2
1967: The Atlanta Chiefs drew 1-1 with the New York Generals in front of 5,942 fans at Atlanta Stadium in National Professional Soccer League action. After conceding the first goal, the Chiefs equalized through Ray Bloomfield on a pass from Graham Newton. 18 shots were not enough for Atlanta to find the win and advance up the Eastern Conference standings.
1968: Kaizer Motaung's hat trick gave the Chiefs a 3-1 win on the road over the Baltimore Bays. 2,718 turned up at Memorial Stadium to see the Chiefs move to 14-5-4 on the 1968 North American Soccer League season. Baltimore scored first in the 12th minute through Manchester United legend Dennis Viollet. Motaung added goals in the 30th, 42nd, and 78th minutes. Assists were notched by Willie McIntosh and Allen Cole.
1969: Freddie Mwila scored the match's only goal in the 89th minute to give the Chiefs a 1-0 win over the Dallas Tornado in front of 3,366 at Atlanta Stadium. Atlanta outshot Dallas 24-5 in the match, but needed the late header from Mwila to get the victory. The Chiefs played a man down for 16 minutes after Graham Newton was sent off.
1970: Art Welch's hat trick propelled the Chiefs to a 6-2 demolition of the Kansas City Spurs at Municipal Stadium. Nick Papadakis scored twice for Atlanta and Henry Largie added the Chiefs' final tally of the afternoon. The win kept Atlanta's slim chances of winning the Southern Division of the NASL alive. 1972: The Chiefs announced that they would host Dynamo Moscow at Atlanta Stadium on August 23. The match ended up being the final match played by the original version of the Chiefs as the Atlanta Braves announced in late October that they were disbanding the team due to losses of over $1.5M in five years. 1980: The Chiefs lost 2-0 on the road against the Houston Hurricane in front of 6,128 fans at the Astrodome in NASL play. The second version of the Chiefs were in a tailspin in 1980 on the field, this loss marked their 12th in their last 13 matches.
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Billy Downs)
1981: The Chiefs won a shootout after a 3-3 draw with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of over 14,000 fans at DeKalb Memorial Stadium in their only NASL match played in DeKalb County. Brian Kidd scored twice, Don Droege scored the other Atlanta goal.
1982: The Georgia Generals were forced to postpone an American Soccer League match scheduled with the Pennsylvania Stoners due to financial problems. Owner Walt Russell announced that the team needed new investors to survive and that he could not afford the $6,000 per game rent to play at DeKalb Memorial Stadium.
1996: Brazil defeated Portugal 5-0 at Sanford Stadium in front of 68,173 fans in the men's Olympics Bronze medal match. 2003: The Atlanta Beat lost 3-0 on the road in Philadelphia in Women's United Soccer Association action. The Atlanta Silverbacks lost 1-0 to the Virginia Beach Mariners in USL A-League action at DeKalb Memorial Stadium.
2017: Miguel Almirón, Greg Garza, and Michael Parkhurst represented Atlanta United at the MLS All-Star Game against Real Madrid at Chicago's Soldier Field.