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Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Colorado Rapids

Webcast: NASL.com

 

Atlanta Silverbacks @ Colorado Rapids

Atlanta Silverbacks head to the Rocky Mountains to take on MLS’ Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park during the U.S. Open Cup’s Round-of-16.  The Silverbacks, who are facing the Rapids for the first time, have a 4-0-2 record at the Open Cup under the banner of the NASL.  Atlanta advanced to the Round-of-16 after eliminating the 2013 Open Cup Finalist Real Salt Lake, 2-1 on June 14, at Silverbacks Park.  Salvadorian midfielder Junior Burgos goal tied the match for the Silverbacks in the first half and then forward Kwadwo Poku of Ghana scored the game-winner in the final minute for the Silverbacks.  Burgos currently leads Atlanta’s offense with three goals.

 

Scouting Report On NASL Opponent

Founded in 1996, Colorado Rapids were one of 10 teams that competed in the inaugural MLS season that year.  Runner-up at the 1999 U.S. Open Cup, Rapids are in their 14th tournament and hold a 10-0-13 record.  Colorado is coming off a 5-2 victory over the visiting Orlando City SC of USL PRO during Fourth Round action on June 17.  The 2010 MLS Champion currently has former U.S. National Team Defender – Pablo Mastroeni at the helm and are third in the league’s Western Conference with a record of 6-4-5 (22 points).  Jamaican forward Deshorn Brown leads Colorado’s offense at the Open Cup with three goals.

 

Team Recognitions

ATL:

• 2013 NASL Spring Season Winner

 

COL:

• 1997 MLS Runner-up

• 1999 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Runner-up

• 2010 MLS Champion


2014 Open Cup Stats Leaders

ATL-Goals – Junior Burgos (3), Jamie Chavez, Deon McCaulay, Kwadwo Poku, Junior Sandoval (1); Assists – Junior Burgos, Jamie Chavez, Deon McCaulay, Kwadwo Poku (1)

COL-Goals – Deshorn Brown (3); Assists – Marc Burch, Jose Mari, Vicente Sanchez (1)

 

Silverbacks Coach’s Quote

“They have a well-balanced side, and they’re very good breaking on the counter-attack. You don’t want to lose the ball in bad areas against them because they have too much team speed. We’re going up against a very good team, and we’re looking forward to a pretty good game in Colorado.” – Eric Wynalda


Referee: Juan Guzman
Asst 1: Jonathan Johnson
Asst 2: Anthony R. Vasoli
4th: Armando Villarreal