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Atlanta Beat Signs Ramona Bachmann

December 17, 2009 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA - Atlanta Beat General Manager Shawn McGee announced Swiss International Ramona Bachman as the newest member of the expansion team's roster.

Bachman is the Beat's number one Expansion Draft pick who spent the 2009 Damallsvenskan (Swedish Premier League) season with Ume=E5 IK, the world's top rated women's professional team.

"Ramona is one of the most exciting young players in the world," said Atlanta Beat Head Coach Gareth O'Sullivan. "She is confident on the ball, has good pace, and is very direct in the way turns to take players on." Bachmann's achievements began in 2004 when she won the Swiss Championship with Regal Selection IFV. Her success continued when she became a member of the Swiss U-20 World Cup team in 2006 before winning the Swedish Championship, the Swedish Cup, Swedish Super-Cup, and the UEFA Cup Final in 2007.

In 2009 alone, the 18-year-old Bachmann was named Swiss Soccer Player of the Year and Swedish Vice-Champion.

The young star's 2008 Damallsvenskan season concluded with a Swedish Championship, a Swedish Super-Cup, a Cup Final, and another UEFA Cup Final.

"Ramona is one of the world's best," said Beat GM McGee. "We are excited about the future Ramona will bring to Atlanta, and we are positive that she will be an integral part of leading us to a Championship."

"Because Ramona's first instinct is to go to straight to goal, she will surprise other teams and will keep the opposition very much on its toes," said O'Sullivan.

Bachmann has now signed an agreement to join the Atlanta Beat in the Women's Professional Soccer, pending league approval. "Many of my teammates are playing in the U.S., and I really believe that, in 2010, WPS will be the best women's league in the world," said Bachmann. "In seeing the number of players who are now leaving Sweden for the American league, I think right now the best players are in WPS, and I want to play both with and against the best players in the world."

"The Atlanta Beat wants to be the best team in the world, and since I want to be the best player in the world, it will be an honor to join an organization such as the Atlanta Beat."

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