The Atlanta Beat announced their preseason schedule that includes match-ups against top-notch college teams, a national team, and two other WPS teams.
The team's first scrimmage will be against Auburn University in Auburn, AL on Wednesday, March 10. Beat goalkeeper, Allison Whitworth will have the chance to play against her alma mater where she played 73 games and earned 22 shutouts.
This game will be one last big chance for players to show what they are made of. March 15 marks the first roster cut-down date. Coaches will have to make tough decisions as they shorten their rosters to 24 players.
After that, the Beat will have a tough two weeks on the road as they play a total of five matches in the span of 13 days. On Friday, March 19, the Beat will play against the USA U-20 WNT in Gainsevile, FL. After that, they have another match scheduled for Sunday against the University of Florida.
The Boston Breakers will travel down the east coast to face off against the Beat the following Wednesday in St. Augustine, FL. This will be the first time ever that the Beat will play against another team in the league, and a good chance to get a taste of what the season will bring them.
Then on Thursday, Florida State will play against the Beat on March 25. After that, the Beat will finally go back home where they will play UNC in Kennesaw, GA on March 28.
On Wednesday, March 31, the roster will be finalized, and two more players will be cut. Team managers will choose a 22-player roster, including four developmental players.
Not long after the rosters are set, the Beat will play one last preseason game against the St. Louis Athletica in Tulsa, OK on April 3.
The Atlanta Beat will open the season on the road against the Philadelphia Independence on Sunday, April 11.
The Beat's first four games will all be on the road as their new stadium is getting built, but will be ready to go by May 9 when the Beat will host Sky Blue FC at 7pm ET on FSC.