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Atlanta Beat Adds Two More to Roster

February 18, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release


KENNESAW, GA (February 17, 2011) - The Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer announced the addition of midfielders Angela Salem and Katie Bethke (Beth-key) to the 2011 roster.

Salem is a free agent from Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ), the New Jersey-based Women's Professional Soccer club. She is a native of Copley, Ohio and is the first woman from Francis Marion University to play professionally.

"Angela is a small, low to the ground midfielder who is really good at maintaining possession in tight spaces," said Beat head coach James Galanis. "She is exceptional at creating chances for the strikers and has already had a year's experience in WPS."

Bethke joins the Beat after a decorated career at the University of Minnesota. In her 2009 senior season, she scored a career high of 11 goals, earning 29 points and tying a team best with three game winners. In that same year, she was named to the Second Team All-Big Ten and earned All-Region honors.

"Bethke is a very skilled player who is exceptional in attacking one versus one's," said Galanis. "She is versatile and can play both outside mid positions as well as up top."

Bethke will compete with the U-23 United States Women's National Team in the Four Nations Tournament from February 21- March 2, 2011 in La Manga, Spain. The U.S. U-23's will compete against England, Norway and Sweden.

Note: All team transactions must be approved by WPS before becoming official.

Season Seats for the Atlanta Beat start as low as $100. Group discounts and flexi-passes are available by calling 678-298-4780. Visit www.theatlantabeat.com for more information.

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