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On This Date in Atlanta Soccer History: August 28

1968: Santos of Brazil defeated the Atlanta Chiefs 6-2 at Atlanta Stadium in front of the largest crowd for a soccer match in the Southeast at that time. Atlanta actually opened the scoring in the first minute. Emment Kapengwe said:

“We won the toss and our captain Vic chose the kick-off. Our number nine put the ball to Fred who flicked it back to Vic at four. Then Vic passed a long ball to me on the Santos goal mouth. I fed the ball back to Fred who blasted home the opener under a minute. Santos had never been scored on like that before and they cheered for us.”

(Pele and Vic Crowe in action at Atlanta Stadium. Pele had a hat trick in Santos' 6-2 win.)

1998: The Atlanta Ruckus lost its final match on the road 4-1 to the Hershey Wildcats. Adeola Ayegbaroju scored Atlanta's goal. Darren Sawatzky had a brace for the hosts in front of 4,113 at Hersheypark Stadium.

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