Home Opener

It has been a long few months since I’ve last updated the world on how the Beat are progressing. Many of you may have followed the first 4 games of the season. Well… all I can say is a new day begins Sunday with the Beat home opener. If you can’t make it to Kennesaw GA this Sunday around 7:00 pm then I would suggest tuning in to Fox Soccer for the debut of the new stadium and some quality soccer. If you do plan to get to the game, please pre order tickets we anticipate being sold out by game day!! See you all Sunday… Go Beat!

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post draft and FAN CLUB SHIRTS!!

Fan Club Shirts are now available!

From the “fan club”: The 2010 Whitworth fan shirt design is complete! All we are waiting on is to find out her number and then we can start printing. Price for the shirts (including S/H) will be $15. Front design is below. You can submit your order to scanatsey@gmail.com

So join up, grab a shirt, and come to some games!!
(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Allison-L-Whitworth/60179930497)

Post Draft Breakdown:

How do you guys think we did??

I think we had a stellar first pick of the draft. Tobin is the most talented player coming into the league this year and I am SUPER excited to get to play with her! And she is an amazing person off the field. We also snapped up some southern talent with a few sprinkles on top: Blakely Mattern (University South Carolina), Shaneka and Shameka Gordon (West Florida), Carrie Patterson (UGA), Kasey Langdon (Oklahoma St.), Jill Hutchinson (Wake Forest).

It is turning into a fast team, a young team, a dynamic team. Several hidden gems that critics will not see, but August will be the true telling of how we did this weekend. Now for pre-season… I need to get a run in… Hope it stops raining!

1/1 Tobin Heath, M, North Carolina
3/21 Blakely Mattern, D, South Carolina
3/23 Shameka Gordon, D/M, West Florida
4/30 Jill Hutchinson, F, Wake Forest
5/39 Mallori Lofton-Malachi, G, South Florida (traded to Philadelphia for 5/40 Carrie Patterson, F, Georgia)
6/48 Kasey Langdon, F, Oklahoma State
7/57 Shaneka Gordon, M/F, West Florida (Shameka’s twin sister)

draft watch…

Friday (2 days from now) is the WPS draft. Being such a huge event in my life last year, I know where all the college seniors are sitting. I had the opportunity to actually attend the draft. Such an awesome experience. I almost didn’t dare to dream that I would get the chance to play professionally, much less be drafted to a team. Many of the girls waiting to hear have completed college careers, attended combines, trained, ran, and spent their hopes on the next few days waiting for that invited to attain their dreams.

I flew off to San Jose, California to play professional soccer for the summer. Loved every minute. I played 4 games. Had some success. Learned a lot. Trained a lot. Worked a lot. Made friends. Did life.

I flew home for my last semester of graduate school (yay diploma). Trained some. Rested some. Visited the family some. Studied some. Traveled some. Saw old friends. Did life.

I was traded to the new franchise in Atlanta, Georgia. Leaving a place and people I love and heading to a place and people I will love is an odd thing, but exciting all the same.

Now looking towards this season with all that I’ve learned, seen, and experienced in the last year. I cannot wait to get with the team being assembled. Dang, we’ve got talent, experience, athleticism. It will be a fun year… hopefully one with a championship.

Everyone check the draft out Friday. On twitter @womensprosoccer and probably elsewhere… womensprosoccer.com

Anyone have thoughts on potential picks? The Beat have the first overall pick! Who is the best? What do we need? A midfielder? Forward? Defender? Can’t wait… the anticipation is killing me! 🙂

Adding players… yay Beat

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/atlanta

Coming Home!! Back to the ATL with the BEAT!!

Hey gang, if you haven’t heard yet I was traded to the ATL Beat from the FC Gold Pride yesterday! I am super pumped but wanted to do a little mini post to share the joy! Check out the article below or posted at http://www.womensprosoccer.com/atlanta .

Atlanta, GA (Oct. 21, 2009) – Atlanta Beat General Manager Shawn McGee announced Allison Whitworth as the newest player to join the expansion team’s roster. Whitworth is a goalkeeper from Birmingham, Alabama who spent a year with the Atlanta Silverbacks in the W-League before she was drafted to FC Gold Pride (Bay Area) for the inaugural season of Women’s Pro Soccer.

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed Allison Whitworth,” said Beat Head Coach Gareth O’Sullivan. “She is very athletic, and outside of her playing ability, she is a tremendous person.”

As a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks, she held a perfect 8-0-0 record with five shutouts and maintained a .5 goals against average. The 23 year-old is a proud Auburn alumna who not only earned 22 shutouts and set a school record for saves in her final college season, but she was also named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2007.

“Gareth and I have seen Allison play on numerous occasions, and she is an outstanding goalkeeper,” said Beat General Manager Shawn McGee. “We have been watching her for a long time, and we believe that she will be one of the best goalkeepers in the league next year. To be honest, we didn’t think would have the opportunity to get her, but we were very fortunate to work a trade with FC Gold Pride.”

In that trade, the Atlanta Beat sends two 2010 WPS Draft picks (numbers 10 and 12) to the Bay Area in exchange for Whitworth and the 23rd overall selection.

“I’m excited to be back in Atlanta because it feels like I’m coming home” said Whitworth. “It’s a great opportunity to be with a new team in the beginning stages, and it’s really close to all my friends and family. The Beat organization has been very welcoming, and it seems like it’s about more than just soccer here; the Atlanta Beat is all about community, and that’s really important.”

soccer update

The news has been patiently awaited in the great state of Alabama about whether the FC Gold Pride of the Bay Area will keep me or cut me. So for all of you who have been waiting with me… du du duuun… My option is being picked up!! I am extremely excited to head back out to California. The weather is awesome, the people are great, the soccer is going to be solid, the team is fun, my friends and adopted family are special. I can’t wait. Well I have to finish school first, but I am ready to be back with my team, training, and living the life (whatever that means ;).

So my current to do list includes…
1. Pass my Master’s Comprehensive Exam

2. Graduate

3. Visit San Jose around Thanksgiving

4. Christmas at home

5. Passion Conference in the ATL early January

6. Help my parents rearrange the house

7. Christmas with friends in the Tennessee mountains or Fripp Island (I love Fripp, google it)

8. Move out of Auburn for good

9. a)Plan road trip to Cali (If you would like me to stop in your town or have suggestions for fun activities please reply in the comment box!!)

b) Road trip to Cali!!

10. I don’t have a 10th thing, but leaving the list at 9 would’ve bothered me

contractually excluded activities…

As per a previous post (https://whitgk.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/spontaneous-adventure/) I shared about my initiation into the joys of adventures, not that I was that dull before, but still I reached a whole new level. However as per the previous post many of these fun activities are prohibited. To help encourage me to put off my adventures I am making a wish list  of the fun stuff I can’t wait to do (in no particular order)… this is the best kind of wish list ever. Feel free to comment or give me better ideas 😉

*contractually excluded activities*

sky diving

hiking the grand canyon

backpack through Europe

white water raft (never been, hard to believe huh)

hike and camp in big sur

spend time in the Napa Valley Region

snowboard near Tahoe

own a vacation home (I’m torn between lake house or mountain home… votes?)

go to the world cup/olympics

visit New Zealand

visit all 50 states

Alaskan Cruise

climb Half Dome

go rock climbing

visit the Amazon

vacation in Costa Rica

have Irish coffee in Ireland

eat authentic New York pizza and the better Chicago deep dish in the same

have Turkish coffee in Turkey

I know there are more, don’t you worry I’ll update it.

Also, coming soon a list of “other life goals.”

*disclaimer*

To whom it may concern including FCGP people, other soccer people, parents, and friends who might wish to yell at me or join me, the majority of these excellently worthy activities will be pursued at times where they will not affect my soccer playing abilities (ie not during season or within the number of months that a worst-case-scenario injury would require to heal from said activity).

Note

Some of these activities are not excluded contractually,

but they are fun and therefore made it onto the super fun list.