Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs Atlanta Ailverbacks




San Antonio Scorpions return home to Toyota Field, where they are unbeaten in their last six games, to take on Atlanta Silverbacks.  Scorpions, who are three points from the top spot in the NASL Combined Table, is coming off a 1-1 draw on the road against Ottawa Fury FC last week.  Meanwhile, Silverbacks, who are four points from the last berth to ‘The Championship,’ played to a 1-1 draw against the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  Scorpions hold a slight edge in the head-to-head series over the Silverbacks and are unbeaten against them in San Antonio.  The last time both clubs faced off was this past spring when goals by Shaun Saiko and defender Greg Janicki gave the visiting Scorpions a 2-1 win at Silverbacks Park on April 19.


Last Five Games:  SAS – W W L W T                   ATL – W T W L T



SAS-Josh Saunders (Team of the Week-6)

ATL-Junior Burgos (Team of the Week-6)


Stats leaders:

SAS-Goals –Tomasz Zahorski (5); Assists – Billy Forbes (6)

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (8); Assists – Blair Gavin (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (9 meetings): Scorpions 4 wins, 2 ties, 3 losses – 13 GF/9 GA (+4 GD)

At Scorpions: (4 meetings): Scorpions 3 wins, 1 tie, 0 loss —9 GF/2 GA (+7 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses – 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: April 19, 2014 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park — Silverbacks 1-2 Scorpions


Coaches quotes:

“Saturday's game promises to be exciting as Atlanta are a free-flowing, attacking side that likes to move the ball forward with pace. After our recent road game, we are eager to get back to playing in front of our home crowd, executing our game plan, and coming away with a positive result." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“Obviously they're (San Antonio) doing very well. I think there's a lot of parity in this league - anybody can beat anybody on the given day. So we're not going with the mindset 'oh, this is a top team, let's just play it safe.' We're going to go there like any other week and say 'we can get three points,' and then what is the strategy to make that happen.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith


Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

Asst 1: Jeffrey Greeson

Asst 2: Ramon Bermudez, Jr

4th: Pedro Trejo, Jr