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Beat Announce 2011 Roster

March 31, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release


KENNESAW, GA (March 31, 2011) - The Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer today announced the 24 player roster for the 2011 season.

The roster includes three former Olympians in Carli Lloyd, Heather Mitts, and team captain Lori Chalupny. Lloyd and Mitts are expected to be a part of the United States Women's World Cup team this summer.

The Beat remain undefeated in preseason play, having given up only one goal in seven games. The defense, led four players with two season of WPS experience, includes goalkeepers Allison Whitworth and Ali Lipsher and defenders Cat Whitehill and Keeley Dowling. Dowling was a member of the Sky Blue FC 2009 inaugural WPS Championship team.

On the offensive side of the ball, Chalupny keeps a solid foundation in the midfield. Her attacking role has led her to four finishes in the last two preseason games. She is joined by Lloyd and defensive midfielder India Trotter who also has significant league experience.

Other players stepping up during preseason and expected to contribute on the scoring front are midfielders Megan Jesolva and Vendula Strnadova in addition to forwards Meghan Lenczyk and Kristina Larsen.

Rosters are set at 24 persons but are subject to change. Players are still subject to USSF and WPS approval.

Below is the Beat's current 24 player roster.

Player Position D.O.B Previous Club Hometown

Allison Whitworth GK 12/11/1985 Chicago Red Stars Birmingham, Alabama

Allyson Lipsher GK 1/24/1986 Boston Breakers Honolulu, Hawaii

Analisa Marquez DEF 9/21/1988 University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona

Angela Salem MID 7/24/1988 Sky Blue FC Copley, Ohio

Bianca D'Agostino MID 1/11/1989 Wake Forest Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Carli Lloyd MID 7/16/1982 Sky Blue FC Delran, New Jersey

Cat Whitehill DEF 2/10/1982 Washington Freedom Birmingham, Alabama

Colleen Flanagan DEF 1/26/1988 University of Virginia Downington, Pennsylvania

Heather Mitts DEF 6/9/1978 Philadelphia Independence Cincinnati, Ohio

India Trotter MID 3/10/1985 Sky Blue FC Plantation, Florida

Katherine Reynolds DEF 9/14/1987 Philadelphia Independence Medina, Washington

Katie Bethke FWD 9/3/1988 University of Minnesota Eau Claire, Wisconson

Katie Fraine GK >>>>>>>>>>> University of Florida Titusville, Florida

Keeley Dowling DEF 2/17/1983 Sky Blue FC Carmel, Indiana

Keri Butler GK 9/15/1988 University of West Virginia Fredericksburg, Virginia

Kristina Larsen FWD 6/16/1988 Saint Louis Athletica Mission Viejo, California

Kylie Wright MID 5/13/1989 UCLA Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Lauren Sesselman FWD 8/14/1983 Sky Blue FC Green Bay, Wisconsin

Lori Chalupny MID 1/29/1984 Saint Louis Athletica St. Louis, Missouri

Megan Jesolva MID 10/21/1988 University of California La Mirada, California

Meghan Lenczyk FWD 3/15/1989 University of Virginia McLean, Virginia

Vendula Strnadova MID 11/20/1989 University of Memphis Las Cruces, New Mexico

The Atlanta Beat open their 2011 WPS season at KSU Soccer Stadium against the Boston Breakers on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00p.m. 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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