The Atlanta Beat Adds 3 to 2011 Roster
KENNESAW, GA (February 15, 2010 ) - The Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer today announced Vendula Strnadova, Megan Jesolva and Colleen Flanagan as the newest additions to the 2011 roster.
Strnadova, a midfielder from the Czech Republic, had three strong years at the University of Memphis. She was named Conference USA Offensive MVP, NSCAA All-Central Region First Team, First Team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and Second Team NSCAA/Adidas Scholar All-American.
She started every match in 2009, leading the Lady Tigers to their third straight conference championship with a goal and two assists in the C-USA Tournament. Prior to playing at Memphis, she was a member of the Czech Republic's U-19 National Team and was also selected for the U.S. Olympic Developmental National Team Pool.
"Vendula is a crafty midfielder who is excellent at taking players on to create chances for her teammates and score goals," said Beat head coach James Galanis. "She is going to bring a very creative element to the team."
Defensively, the Beat signed outside back Megan Jesolva from the University of California, Berkley. Jesolva was named a top 10 player by Soccer Buzz in 2009 and has experience with the U.S. U-16, U-17 and U-23 U.S. Women's National Teams. Her coaches describe her as "pound for pound, Cal's most complete player," and a "quiet leader" who "loves to run at people and slice and dice them."
"We picked up Jesolva because of her versatility," said Galanis. "She is a player that can play every position on the field and play it with intelligence. She will be fighting for a spot, most likely, at one of the outside positions and will obviously bring the versatility that will allow us to move players around more freely."
Colleen Flanagan joins the Beat to play alongside her University of Virginia teammate Meghan Lenczyk, who was selected in the 2011 WPS Draft. Flanagan has played internationally as a member of the U-23 National Team and the U-17 National Team Pool. She started all 22 games for the Cavaliers in 2009 after starting 21 of 23 in 2008.
Galanis describes Flanagan as "a tough tackling central midfielder and center back. Obviously we need her abilities to both break up the play and maintain possession," he says. "The one thing that will stick out with her is her ruggedness on the field. She's an enforcer with skill."
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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