Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Radio: FTL –

Atlanta Silverbacks travel to face Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium.  Fort Lauderdale is coming off a 3-1 road victory last week against FC Edmonton, while Atlanta defeated visiting Ottawa Fury FC by a score of 2-1.  Silverbacks lead the head-to-head match-ups against the Strikers, however Fort Lauderdale has won the last two meetings this past Fall Season while outscoring Atlanta 7-2.  In the last meeting between the two clubs was held on October 19, 2013, with Fort Lauderdale posting a 6-2 victory at Lockhart Stadium.  Bradlee Baladez and forward Yaikel Pérez scored two goals each, while midfielder Carlos Salazar and forward Martin Nuñez added a tally for Silverbacks in the victory.

Last Five Games:  ATL-L L W W        FTL-W L W W       

FTL-Ivan Guerrero, Fafà Picault (Team of the Week-4)
ATL-Deon McCauley, Mike Randolph (Team of the Week-4)

Stats leaders:
FTL-Goals – Martin Nuñez, Fafá Picault (2); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (2)
ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez, Deon McCauley, Junior Sandoval (2); Assists – Blair Gavin (3)

NASL Head-to-Head: (12 meetings): Silverbacks 5 wins, 3 ties, 4 losses — 19 GF/20 GA (-2 GD)
At Strikers: (6 meetings): Strikers 2 wins, 2 ties, 2 losses — 15 GF/11 GA (+4 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings) Strikers 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses — 7 GF/2 GA (+5 GD)
Last Meeting: October 19, 2013 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 6-2 Silverbacks

Coaches quotes:
“We have much respect for Atlanta.  We are two teams that have both won two games in a row and will be looking to extend the streak. But we’re a strong team now, and it’s very hard now for teams to beat us at home. If we can win this game at home, we’ll stay right in the hunt for first place, so anything can happen.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

“I like the way they (Fort Lauderdale) play, and they have an entertaining squad. I think we have to be at our best if we're going to have any sort of success against them. The elements might be a factor for other teams when they go down there, but that won't be a factor for us because we live in Atlanta. We're highly anticipating this trip, and this will be a pivotal game for both sides.” – Silverbacks coach Eric Wynalda

Referee: Alan Kelly
Asst 1: Stefan McHardy
Asst 2: Everton Cole
4th: Rubiel Vazquez