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On This Day in Atlanta Soccer History: August 15


1970: Art Welch's hat trick carried the Atlanta Chiefs to a 5-2 win on the road against the Dallas Tornado in NASL play. The 3 goals from Welch took him to 10 for the season at that point. Dave Metchick and Henry Largie also scored for Atlanta, Kirk Apostolidis scored twice for Dallas in the loss.


1978: More news was revealed about the return of the Atlanta Chiefs after Dick Cecil and Al Thornwill bought the Colorado Caribous to move them to Atlanta. The purchase price of the Denver club was over $1.5 million. 18,000 attendance at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to break even, but the club expected that to take some time. They were hoping for an average of 10,000-12,000 in 1979.


1980: Parkview High School graduate Kevin Fouser scored the winning penalty in a shootout against Honduras in the CONCACAF World Youth Cup qualifying tournament semifinal at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. This put the team into the final against Mexico at Giants Stadium. Fouser said, "Scoring the winning goal felt really good, especially since I had such a terrible game. I just couldn't settle down and get my game together. I hope I redeemed myself."


1999: The Atlanta Silverbacks won a shootout at DeKalb Memorial Stadium over the Charleston Battery after a 1-1 draw in regulation time. Jerome Samuels scored his third goal of the season for Atlanta, Paul Conway scored for the Battery. 5,124 fans were on hand in Clarkston for the match.


2001: Georgia Tech football coach George O'Leary complained about the condition of the field after the Atlanta Beat's inaugural season playing at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Beat started playing at Herndon Stadium on the campus of Morris Brown College in 2002.

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