WUSA: Atlanta Beat signs German forward Conny Pohlers

Forward Conny Pohlers, one of Germany's best young players, will play for the Atlanta Beat in the upcoming WUSA season, Beat coach Tom Stone said Tuesday. An announcement is expected Wednesday.

Pohlers, 24, will fill part of the foreign void created with the departures of Chinese stars Sun Wen and Liping Wang.

Pohlers, who has scored seven goals in 12 appearances for the German women's national team, arrives on a transfer from FFC Turbine Potsdam. She has scored 40 goals in the past season and a half in the Frauen-Bundesliga for the club, which finished second last season and is again second, five points behind European champion FFC Frankfurt, midway through the current campaign.

Pohlers debuted for Germany in May 2001 and scored five goals in her third appearance, a 9-0 rout of Portugal in an October 2001 Women's World Cup qualifier. She has played up front, on the right wing and in central defense during for the national team.

She is not part of the German team that is competing in the Four Nations Tournament in China.

Pohlers also has played in three Nordic Cups for Germany's U-21 women's team, scoring five goals in each of the last two events.

Atlanta has one foreign slot open; Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa and Canadian forward Charmaine Hooper are the Beat's other foreign players. Hooper, a U.S. resident since the mid-'80s, is in the process of dropping her foreign status after getting married last year.

Sun left the Beat to be part of China's squad preparing for next fall's Women's World Cup, which will be played in China. Stone said it would have been impossible for the forward, who spent two injury-riddled seasons in the WUSA, to be at full strength next September after playing a 21-game schedule.

Wang was released.

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