Atlanta Beat Internationals on the Move
KENNESAW, GA (September 16, 2010) - The Atlanta Beat Women's Professional Soccer team had several players in action today as general manager Shawn McGee announced transactions regarding the club's Japanese internationals.
2010 World Cup Qualifiers - Aluko vs. Bachmann
Two Atlanta Beat forwards squared off in the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers as England's Eniola Aluko and Switzerland's Ramona Bachmann contributed to a 3-2 English result that earned Aluko's side a spot in the next summer's tournament.
Aluko scored first with a low driven ball in the 35th minute, giving England a 2-0 lead before Bachmann scored for the Swizz, making it 2-1 before the half.
Following Bachmann's goal, the Swizz forward went into the net to grab the ball when she fell to the ground in front of England's goalkeeper, Rachel Brown. Brown was immediately sent off with a red card.
England went down to 10 players for the remainder of the game but came away with the win and the World Cup berth.
2010 World Cup Qualifiers - Rasmussen's Denmark vs. Sweden
Beat midfielder Johanna Rasmussen was also in action today as her Danish side met Sweden. Rasmussen scored the game's opening goal in the 41st minute as Denmark held the 2-0 advantage after the first 45. Sweden's second half comeback included a goal in the 73rd and late finish in the 94th, knotting the teams at 2-2 .
Following both overtime periods, the same scoreline remained, advancing Sweden to the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup on a 4-3 aggregate.
Japanese Player Transactions
Atlanta Beat General Manager Shawn McGee today announced loaning Mami Yamaguchi to Japan's Tokyo Verdy and releasing Aya Miyama from her contract. Miyama's release allows her to join another Japanese club in compliance with the Japanese Federation transfer window.
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