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Atlanta and Chicago Play To Draw

July 7, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release


The Atlanta Beat (1-6-3) and Chicago Red Stars (3-5-5) played to a 1-1 tie Wednesday night at Toyota Park in the third of four meetings between the two teams.

The Beat struck first in the 30th minute as midfielder Johanna Rasmussen finished the opening goal when Red Stars goalkeeper Jillian Loyden punched to clear a Beat cross. Rasmussen acted quickly to drive the ball back on goal over the Chicago defense.

Chicago equalized 12 minutes later on an Ella Masar goal in the 42nd after Red Stars midfielder Formiga served a ball into the box that Cristiane flicked-on to Masar . Masar finished the header to tie the match at one goal apiece going into the half.

At the break, Beat goalkeeper Hope Solo led 3-0 in saves as Chicago led 9-1 in shots and 4-1 in shots on goal.

The match ended 1-1 despite several close attempts from each side in the second half. Solo preserved the 1-1 result when she saved a bicycle from Chicago, forward Kosavare Asllani in the final minute of play. Box Score attached. All information in Box Score is unofficial.

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Beat Head Coach Gareth O'Sullivan,

Chicago are one of the best offensive teams in the league. They can beat anyone, so to have taken our second point on the road against them is a plus; especially having beaten them at home.

We kept our shape well and played some clever counter attacking play. They outshot us, but many were from distance and not going to trouble a GK the caliber of Hope.

We kept our shape well and played some clever counter attacking play. They outshot us but many were from distance and not going to trouble a GK the caliber of Hope.

Great point on the road against a good team especially considering their attacking prowess and the absence of Tina & Kia._

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