Keeley Dowling Joins the Beat

January 11, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA (January 11, 2010 ) - The Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer today announced that defenders Keeley Dowling and Katherine Reynolds have agreed to terms for the 2011 season.

Dowling was a top 10 pick for Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ) in the 2009 WPS General Draft, and she spent two seasons with the New Jersey-based club. In that time, she combined for 36 starts in 39 games and co-captained the 2010 team.

"Keeley is an amazing athlete with a lot of potential," said Beat head coach James Galanis. "I think she is going to bring a lot of fight to our defensive game."

On the international scene, Dowling was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) that captured the 2004 Nordic Cup, and she was in the 2007 and 2008 USWNT player pools.

She was a four-year starter at the University of Tennessee and was twice named South Eastern Conference Defender of the Year (2003, 2004). She earned NSCAA All-America Honors in 2002 and 2003.

"I think its going to be a great year with the Beat," said Dowling. "I'm looking forward to a great season and working hard to win a championship."

Katherine Reynolds, also a defender, was selected by the Philadelphia Independence in the 2009 WPS Draft. She has been a member of the U.S. U-23 WNT since 2007, and she played collegiately at Santa Clara University.

Both Dowling and Reynolds report for preseason on March 1, 2011.

Note: All team transactions must be approved by WPS before becoming official

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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