A goal from forward Bradlee Baladez had given the Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 1-0 lead over the host Atlanta Silverbacks after the first 45 minute at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.
Defender Martyn Lancaster and midfielder Borfor Carr returned to the fold after recovering from injuries, while midfielder Alex Caceres marked his league debut with a start.
Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes’ club did little to trouble the visiting defense and didn’t really force Strikers goalkeeper Richard Sanchez into any noteworthy saves.
The breakthrough came in the 34th minute when defender Ivan Guerrero found a very loosely-marked Baladez, who easily headed his first NASL goal past Silverbacks goalkeeper Joe Nasco to give his team a 1-0 lead.
The half went from bad to worse in first half stoppage time when midfielder Danny Barrera was sent off by referee Daniel Fitzgerald for an apparent elbow on an opposing player.
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