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Beat Travel To Washington Freedom For Inagural Season Finale

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

KENNESAW, GA (Sept. 10) - The Atlanta Beat (5-12-5) face the Washington Freedom (7-9-7) on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in their final match of the 2010 season. The match will be webcast live at 7:00 PM EST on Comcast SportsNet Washington (

When these teams last met on Wednesday, July 28 at KSU Soccer Stadium, the Beat earned a 3-2 result over the Freedom, extending the Beat's win streak to three in the month of July. Prior to that match, the Atlanta club had two back-to-back shutout victories (over Sky Blue FC and the Chicago Red Stars (7-1-6)) before tying 0-0 with the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride (15-3-5). The Aug. 1 stalemate concluded a four game unbeaten streak and tied only FC Gold Pride for the best record in WPS during that period.

When Atlanta and Washington first met on Sunday, April 18 in Boyds, Md., The Beat witnessed a historic franchise moment as Swizz forward Ramona Bachmann recorded Atlanta's first-ever WPS goal. The historic moments will continue on Saturday, when the Washington Freedom honor goalkeeper Briana Scurry with a postgame presentation following her recent retirement announcement. Scurry was the starting goalkeeper of the WUSA Atlanta Beat from 2001-2003 and is the most decorated U.S. keeper of all time on the women's side.

She announced her retirement on Wednesday, Sept. 8 on a media conference call:

"I am here today with a heavy heart but one that is very grateful because I am here to say thank you and farewell to an incredible sport that has not only given me incredible friends and memories, but has given me so much success, so much joy, and I appreciate every minute I ever played."

"So it is with that, I announce my official retirement not only from the International game with U.S. Soccer but also with the Washington Freedom. It has been an incredible honor for me to have been such a part of not only women's soccer but the rise of women's athletics in this country and to have played with not only amazing athletes but amazing people like Abby Wambach, Michelle Akers, Carla Overbeck, Christie Rampone and Cat Whitehill."

Saturday's fourth and final meeting between the Atlanta Beat and the Washington Freedom marks the final match of the 2010 regular season for each of these clubs.

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