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WPS: Backing Up an Unpopular ATL Opinion

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Ruth at Cross-Conference gave her opinion on the 2011 Atlanta Beat — an opinion that most people, it seems, tend not to agree with.

The Beat are newer at this workhorse game than Boston and Philly are, so while this is a good roster, we have to be realistic about the drawbacks of these players having not been given a fair chance before. But with the World Cup this year, they are going to have a chance to develop a real team here. There is a lot of very real potential on this roster. All the disrespect for this year’s Beat is horribly misplaced.

Yes, Atlanta has Carli Lloyd. And Heather Mitts. Probably the two most maligned USWNT regulars as of late. And it’s true: I think that the World Cup won’t be long enough to keep Lloyd (in particular) away from the Beat roster as much as I’d like.

But even if Galanis attempts to build a team around Her Most Serene Incompetence, what I like best about Atlanta this year is that they’re serious about giving untested youth a chance. Shocking how some Beat fans think it’s a good idea when somebody else is doing it, but when their own team does it, they go into conniptions. If the league fails next year (which is a very real possibility), at least one team should step up and do what even Philadelphia did not dare to do — build a team with a lot of young players fresh out of college.

Yes, it might be just because they’re being cheap. But really, it’s sickening to see so many people writing these kids off.

Call me starry-eyed, but these girls are fighters, who are hungry to prove themselves because they must know that the pundits, even their own team’s fans, think that they’re hopeless.

These are the U.S. players who want this league to survive, even if a certain Canadian believes that the U.S. doesn’t care about WPS. Mitts and Lloyd might not care, but the likes of the practically unknown U-23s (well, they are known to me, but not to most pundits) DO care about how they fare in WPS.

Atlanta is a team that everyone has written off. They are the underdogs and always have been, it seems — but this year is different.


Written by teamongolia

March 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

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