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Beat Sign Danielle Johnson

January 20, 2012 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA (Jan. 20, 2012) - The Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer today announced former Sky Blue FC midfielder Danielle Johnson as the newest addition to the 2012 roster.

"Danielle is a blue-collar type worker," said Beat head coach James Galanis. "She plays very aggressive and she is a versatile. She can play anywhere across the backline and anywhere across the midfield. She is a solid player with WPS experience, and we think she is going to be an important part of the Beat this year."

Johnson joined Sky Blue as the 35th overall pick in 2010 and started 11 of 13 matches over the course of two seasons.

"We watched her play on numerous occasions last year, and she did a really good job on the backline," said Galanis. "She is strong and fearless, and she also has good ball handling skills. Her biggest strengths are her versatility and aggressive nature. She gets stuck-in on a lot of tackles."

From 2006-2009, Johnson competed for the University of Mississippi where she became the first player in school history to earn All-SEC and All-Region honors in each of her four years. She also made 81 starts in her college career, ranking fourth all-time in Ole Miss program history.

Johnson is spending the WPS offseason with Sydney FC alongside Beat goalkeeper Alli Lipsher in the Australian W-League.

"With our National Team players expected to be away, Danielle will definitely be an available option given her ability to play both left and right back, be a central part of the defense, and play anywhere across the midfield."

Danielle Johnson and all Atlanta Beat players report for preseason on March 1, 2012.


Danielle Johnson

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Kate Deines

Carli Lloyd

Val Henderson

Stephanie Cox

Yael Averbuch

Rachel Buehler

Amy LePeilbet

Lauren Sesselmann

Alli Lipsher

Kelley O'Hara

Katherine Reynolds

Angela Salem

Lauren Fowlkes

Rebecca Moros

Nikki Washington

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