This Week in Atlanta Soccer History, July 10-16
In 1971, the Atlanta Chiefs defeated the St. Louis Stars 2-0 at Atlanta Stadium in front of 4,248 fans. Henry Largie's first goal of the season got things started in the 28th minute. Kaizer Motaung scored in the 39th minute to extend Atlanta's lead. Manfred Kammerer notched the clean sheet, which gave him the league lead. The win ended a four-game winless streak for the Chiefs, who were leading the NASL's Southern Division with a 10-4-3 record. The match was played in a steady rain, which finally subsided in the second half.
A U17 international friendly in 1997 between Brazil and Mexico drew 5,486 fans to Roswell Stadium. Brazil won the match 2-1.
The Atlanta Beat defeated the Washington Freedom on this date in 2003 2-1 at Herndon Stadium. The win gave the Beat a six-point lead at the top of the Women's United Soccer Association standings. Connie Pohlers, in her first season in Atlanta after joining from the Bundesliga, scored the winning goal early in the second half.
The Atlanta Silverbacks were upset in the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 2005 5-1 by the Des Moines Menace. The Menace jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the cupset.
The Silverbacks routed the Rochester Rhinos 4-1 in front of 2,279 fans at Silverbacks Park on this date in 2007. Warren Ukah, David Hayes, Rodrigo Rios, and Dan Antoniuk scored in the win.
News came out in the Atlanta Constitution on this date in 1971 that Kaizer Motaung would be leaving the Chiefs at the end of the season. He had already started his team in South Africa, the Kaizer Chiefs. Motaung said, "The season is too short here and the NASL is getting so rough that I fear my career will be ended and I won't be able to play anywhere else."
The Chiefs hosted Varzim SC of Portugal in an international friendly at Tara Stadium on this date in 1970. The Portuguese side won the match 2-1 with Dave Metchick scoring the only Atlanta goal. At the time, Varzim was in the Portuguese first division having finished sixth in the previous season. They have since fallen into the non-professional third division.