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Sources: Miyama to Atlanta is 'done deal'

Fans already have seven other reasons to call the Atlanta Beat by the name “Atlantantica,” and it looks like there will be an eighth announced soon as Japanese midfielder Aya Miyama is set to join the Atlanta Beat.

Miyama played every minute for the Los Angeles Sol in 2009, registering six assists.  She spent the previous portion of 2010 with Saint Louis, starting five matches.

Atlanta already picked up goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Eniola Aluko, defender Tina Ellertson, midfielder Lori Chalupny and midfielder Carolyn Blank following the folding of Saint Louis Athletica.  Those five were in addition to Atlanta co-captains Kia McNeil and Angie Kerr, who joined the team prior to the season.  All seven players started against the Chicago Red Stars in Sunday’s 0-0 draw.

Now, one source said that Miyama to Atlanta is a “done deal” and that she is already in Atlanta.  That would mean that as many as eight of the Beat’s 11 starters could be former Saint Louis players.

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Thomas said…
6 new players to the Beat. Only 3 were cut with 2 players on season ending IR. So majority of original squad intact.
Jeff said…
Matt – It is unfortunate, although two of those players (McNeil and Kerr) were already there, so six players are totally new. That isn’t much better, though.
Matt said…
It’s too bad for the ATL players that are getting cut. Cutting one or two players is not out of the ordinary with new team signings.. but 8?! That’s pretty insane.

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