Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4670
  • Date26 Apr 14
  • VenueAl Lang Stadium
D D W L D
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
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L L D D W
Atlanta Silverbacks 3
Atlanta Silverbacks

G. Hristov15'

7'J. Sandoval

27'J. Chávez

51'D. McCaulay

Match Preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

TBRvATL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: ESPN3

A pair of clubs searching for their first victory of the Spring Season as Tampa Bay Rowdies greet Atlanta Silverbacks at Al Lang Stadium.  The Silverbacks are aiming to end a five-game losing streak, while the Rowdies are winless in their last four matches.  Tampa Bay is coming off a 1-1 draw on the road against Indy Eleven, while Atlanta lost a 2-1 decision at home to San Antonio Scorpions.  Rowdies lead the head-to-head series against Silverbacks including a 2 wins 3 draws and 1 loss home record during the regular season.  In their last meeting between the two teams, two goals by forward Georgi Hristov and another from midfielder Shane Hill led the Rowdies to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Silverbacks on September 21, 2013 at Al Lang Stadium.

Last Five Games: TBR–T T     ATL-L L  

  

Recognition:

TBR-N/A

ATL-N/A



Stats leaders:

TBR-Goal – Brian Shriver (1); Assist – Blake Wagner (1)

ATL-Goal – Junior Sandoval (1); Assist – Junior Burgos (1)

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (12 meetings): Rowdies 5 wins, 5 ties, 2 losses—23 GF/16 GA (+7 GD)

At Rowdies: (6 meetings): Rowdies 2 wins, 3 ties, 1 loss — 11 GF/9 GA (+2 GD)

Last Fall Season: (2 meetings) Rowdies 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses— 4 GF/2 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: September 21, 2013 at Al Lang Stadium — Rowdies 3-1 Silverbacks

Coaches quotes:

“As always, the tendency when teams play against us is that they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Thus far, they've not managed to acquire any points, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily a bad team.  Unfortunately, we've been prone to lapses and those lapses have cost us goals. We're hoping on Saturday that we don't have any lapses.” – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill

“Tampa Bay is always a very difficult team to play against, especially on their home field. We worked very hard this week to get things right, and we look forward to hopefully having that hard work translate into a result on Saturday.” – Silverbacks coach Eric Wynalda

Referee: Mark Kadlecik

Asst 1: Carl Hagemann Jr.

Asst 2: Miguel Martes

4th: Santiago Lorenzo

NASL Live:

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Atlanta Silverbacks 3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1

Georgi Hristov’s first goal of 2014 wasn’t quite enough as the Tampa Bay Rowdies lost their first match of the season Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium, dropping a 3-1 decision to the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks.

TBRvATL

Georgi Hristov’s first goal of 2014 wasn’t quite enough as the Tampa Bay Rowdies lost their first match of the season Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium, dropping a 3-1 decision to the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks.

An exciting first half hour of play saw the Silverbacks build a 2-1 halftime lead, which they built on in the second half to pick up the win.

Atlanta’s Junior Sandoval gave the visiting Silverbacks an early lead in only the seventh minute of play, collecting a pass from Blair Gavin and slotting home from the right side of the box.

Tampa Bay nearly found itself down 2-0 after 12th minute when the Atlanta was awarded a penalty kick due to a Rowdies handball in the box. As he did on April 12, Matt Pickens made the penalty save to keep the Rowdies in the match.

The Rowdies made a quick comeback with Georgi Hristov equalizing in the 15th minute. Darel Russell played in a cross from the right wing which was collected at the edge of the box by Hristov, who spun and fired low to the left of Atlanta goalkeeper Derby Carrillo.

Gavin helped Atlanta to another lead with a 26th minute free kick delivery which was pushed home by Jaime Chavez for a 2-1 Atlanta lead.

The Silverbacks’ Deon McCaulay added to their advantage in the 51st minute, shooting past Pickens for his for Atlanta goal.

Rowdies coach Ricky Hill made aggressive substitutions in the 64th minute — taking off midfielders Evans Frimpong and Anthony Wallace and replacing them with forwards Carl Cort and Lucky Mkosana—but the Rowdies couldn’t pull a goal back.

Midfielder Darel Russell came close on a number of occasions, including a spectacular overhead kick, but Atlanta goalkeeper Eric Ati, who entered the match as a substitute in the 37th minute, was there at every calling. Ati earned Man of the Match for his performance.