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Midweek Report - Atlanta Beat

May 18, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

The midweek coaching report from Atlanta Beat head coach James Galanis.

Injury Report:

Lauren Sesselmann (questionable)

Lyndsey Patterson (questionable)

Colleen Flanagan (questionable)

Heather Mitts (questionable)

National Team:


The Beat finally returned home last week to a great crowd. What are your thoughts heading into another road match'

We are looking forward to playing away. It presents us with another challenge. We didn't do well in our last away trip, so we look forward to trying to reverse that.

Describe Lori Chalupny's leadership on and off the field. How are Chalupny, Cat Whitehill and Keeley Dowling leading this team back on track'

Lori is a true professional. She leads by actions. Cat and Keeley have also been inspirational from day one. They both communicate, organize and inspire their teammates.

What are the positives you take out of last week's loss'

We played an outstanding first half. We moved off the ball really well and played with no fear.

The Beat defeated Sky Blue FC in the second game of the season. How will we match up with them this time around. How has the team improved since the last meeting'

Because we beat them the last time, this game will present us with a different challenge. I am positive they will come out for revenge. Our team has improved in all areas since the last game.

Talk about setting a season-high for record attendance for the WPS last week. What was your impression' What was the team's impression' How will this help the league and women's soccer'

It was a fantastic environment. The crowd was loud and into the game. I'm proud of how our stadium staff handled the big crowd. After the game, I got nothing but positive comments about our stadium, our staff, and our young team. The team definitely loved playing in front of the big crowd. I hope the crowd that showed up continues to show up and support our team. We really appreciate their support.

You said the team deserved to lose last week, how will you bring back a winning mentality'

We did deserve to lose because we didn't work as hard as we should have in the second half. The team knows what made us unsuccessful, and the players learned from it. We took a lot from the game, and we have a lot of positives that we can build off of. If we can string two good halves of soccer together, with play similar to what we produced in the first half last week, we will win.

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