KENNESAW, GA (Feb. 4) – Atlanta Beat General Manager Shawn McGee announced Dispersal Draft picks Manya Makoski and Pavlina Scasna as the newest additions to the expansion team’s roster. Both Makoski and Scasna were members of the Los Angeles Sol club which discontinued operations on Thursday, Jan. 28.
“As usual, Head Coach Gareth O’Sullivan did a great job identifying the best players available for our selections,” said the GM. “Makoski was a starting right back for the LA Sol, and she will be a great addition to our defensive unit. Pavlina, who is more of a well-kept secret, will contribute to our attacking play.”
“Manya is a very consistent performer,” said O’Sullivan. “She has great speed and will add depth to the backline.” Makoski started 15 of 17 regular season games with a defense allowing the fewest goals(10) in WPS. The 2009 Sol backline posted a league best .50 Goals Against Average on its way to a regular season title and an automatic bid to the WPS Championship.
The Beat’s second pick, Scasna, is an attacking player from the Czech Republic. “Pavlina can draw on strong experiences from her time in WUSA with the Philadelphia Charge,” said Coach O’Sullivan. “She most recently played with Malmo in Sweden and is renowned as a professional with strong training habits
“Our roster is pretty set now,” said McGee. “We are excited to get on the field and to work towards a WPS Championship.”