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Beat Trade 3 to Sky Blue

December 10, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA (December 8, 2010 ) - Atlanta Beat General Manager Shawn McGee today announced trading forward Eniola Aluko plus midfielders Tobin Heath and Angie Kerr to Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ) in exchange for the No. 4 and No. 8 picks in January's 2011 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft plus future considerations in 2012. These player transactions are pending league approval.

"This was a tough decision for us," said McGee. "Obviously, we have traded away last year's captain in Angie and two national team stars in Eni and Tobin. These ladies are not only good players, but they are great people and members of the Beat family."

The Beat acquired Aluko, a pacey attacker, from the Saint Louis Athletica midway through last season. The English forward led Atlanta's scoring with five goals and ranked sixth in WPS with a total of nine finishes, including the four she put away for Athletica.

"There are so many factors that go into these trades," said the GM, "and the deal is one that not only helps us financially, but that also gives us some high draft picks which we did not currently have."

In the 2010 WPS Draft last January, Atlanta selected Tobin Heath, an outside midfielder from the University of North Carolina, as the No. 1 overall pick. The New Jersey native started all the three games in which she appeared, but her rookie campaign was cut short after suffering a season-ending ankle injury against FC Gold Pride on Saturday, April 4. Heath underwent reconstructive ankle surgery and looks to make her return in 2011.

Another early 2010 acquisition now headed to Sky Blue is central midfielder Angie Kerr. Kerr started 19 of 22 matches for the Beat, logging 1,709 minutes. She scored a goal against FC Gold Pride on Saturday, Aug. 28 and tallied three assists as captain during the Beat's inaugural season.

"We now have the flexibility to pick up some young, talented players," said McGee. "Or, maybe we trade these picks for some veteran players."

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