By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday August 11, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Women's Professional Soccer league, which
begins its inaugural season next year with seven teams, plans to
expand to Atlanta in 2010.

The league, based in San Francisco, announced plans in May to
add a team in Philadelphia in 2010 before announcing Atlanta on
Monday as a ninth team. Franchises are scheduled to begin play next April in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

Atlanta businessman T. Fitz Johnson will head Atlanta's
ownership group and serve as managing partner. Commissioner Tonya Antonucci called Atlanta "a solid soccer city filled with talented players and enthusiastic fans. "We've had our eye on Atlanta as an expansion market for many months," Antonucci said Atlanta was home to the Women's United Soccer Association Atlanta Beat from 2001-03.

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