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On This Date in Atlanta Soccer History: August 30

1970: In the Atlanta Chiefs' final match of the NASL season, they defeated the visiting Washington Darts 5-2 at Tara Stadium. Henry Largie and Art Welch each scored two goals for Atlanta with Alec Papadakis adding one. Atlanta ended the season on a six-match winning streak, but narrowly missed out on the NASL championship series.

There were questions on if the Chiefs would return for the 1971 season, the Booster Club was working to raise $100,000 in season ticket sales over the next two weeks. Dr. Clyde Partin of Emory University led the Club and eventually helped the Chiefs continue on in 1971.

1995: Bruce Murray and Greg Sheen scored for the Atlanta Ruckus in a 2-2 draw against the Vancouver 86ers in A-League action at Adams Stadium. The 1,915 fans went home happy as the Ruckus won the shootout 3-2 to take an extra point in the standings.

1996: A makeshift Atlanta Ruckus squad, struggling after owner Johnny Immerman left the team for dead in the summer, lost 8-2 in Rochester to the Raging Rhinos at Frontier Field. 11,311 saw Doug Miller notch a hat track for the home side. Even former Ruckus star Lenin Steenkamp got on the scoresheet for Rochester. Alex Bahr and Randy Sheen scored for Atlanta.

1997: A bitter loss to the Orlando Sundogs in extra time eliminated the Ruckus from the A-League playoffs. 2,189 were on hand at Roswell Stadium for the match that saw Mo Suri score his 8th goal for Atlanta in the season. Sheldon Lee's goal in extra time gave Orlando the win.

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