Searching for their first victory in front of a home crowd this season, the Atlanta Silverbacks host the Puerto Rico Islanders Saturday night at Silverbacks Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Silverbacks have endured a difficult start to the 2012 season, with just one win from the first twelve games. The difficulty continued last weekend with a 2-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks in front of a sellout crowd of 6,000 at Silverbacks Park.
The Islanders also suffered a home defeat, falling 2-0 to the San Antonio Scorpions at the weekend. The loss was tough to swallow for the Islanders, who relinquished top spot in the NASL standings to the visiting side.
Just a few days later, in the CFU Club Championship semifinals, the Islanders lost 4-1 to Trinidad and Tobago’s W Connection, setting up a third place clash with Antigua Barracuda with a spot in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League up for grabs. The Islanders then defeated Antigua Barracuda FC to clinch a spot in the Champions League for the fifth successive season.
Against opposition that will have played four matches in the space of a week, the Silverbacks have a massive opportunity to pull off an upset and secure a first home win their fans are desperately awaiting.
Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Puerto Rico Islanders
Saturday, June 23, 2012— 7:30 P.M. EDT
Webcast: NASL on ustream
TV: Azteca Atlanta CH 4
2012 Series: Islanders, 1-0-0, 3pts
2011 Series: Islanders, 3-0-1, 9pts
Atlanta Puerto Rico
Head Coach Alex Pineda Chacón Adrian Whitbread
2012 Records 8th: 1-5-6, 8pts 2nd: 6-2-3. 20pts.
Last Five Games L D W L L L D W W L
Goals Leader Reinaldo Navia (6) David Foley (5)
Assists Leader Ciaran O’Brien (4) Jonathan Faña (5)
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