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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3922
  • Date03 May 14
  • VenueAtlanta Silverbacks Park
Atlanta Silverbacks
Atlanta Silverbacks 2
Ottawa Fury FC 1
Ottawa Fury FC

D. McCaulay44'

J. Chávez50'

90'Omar Jarun

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Ottawa Fury FC

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Ottawa Fury FC


Radio: OTT – TSN 1200

Atlanta Silverbacks return home to welcome expansion club Ottawa Fury FC in their first-ever meeting at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.  Ottawa is coming off its first league victory last week when it shutout the visiting Carolina RailHawks, 4-0, while Atlanta ended a five-game losing streak by topping the hosts Tampa Bay Rowdies by a score of 3-1.  Silverbacks are also looking for first victory at home since the Fall Season, while Fury FC concluded its participation at the Amway Canadian Championship losing 3-1 in the opening round against FC Edmonton.

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

ATL-Blair Gavin, Junior Sandoval (Team of the Week-3)
OTT- Oliver Minatel (Player of the Week-3); Philippe Davies, Oliver Minatel (Team of the Week-3)

Stats leaders:
ATL-Goals – Junior Sandoval (2); Assists – Blair Gavin (2)
OTT-Goals – Oliver Minatel (2); Assists – Drew Beckie, Philippe Davies, Tony Donatelli, Oliver Minatel (1)

NASL Head-to-Head: First Meeting

Coaches quotes:
“To be able to go to Tampa, one of the toughest places in our league to play, and come away with a result was absolutely fantastic. Hopefully we can continue our winning ways this Saturday in front of our home fans.  Ottawa is very much like us, in that they got off to a rough start this season. We saw last weekend, however, that they’re a side with a ton of quality.” – Silverbacks coach Eric Wynalda

“We know how important every points are in a competitive league such as the NASL. Atlanta is always a difficult place to play, but we want to stay close to the top teams and get every point possible.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos

Referee: Chris Penso
Asst 1: Kevin Klinger
Asst 2: Jeff Muschik
4th: Guido Gonzales Jr.



Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Ottawa Fury FC 1

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Happy to be home and in front of the 3,922 rowdy fans, Atlanta Silverbacks secured their first home win and second consecutive 3-points in a 2-1 victory at Atlanta Silverbacks Park over Ottawa Fury FC. 

Forwards Deon McCaulay and Jaime Chavez scored for the second straight week, giving the Silverbacks a huge three points before the team embarks on a three-game road trip.

Silverbacks Technical Director Eric Wynalda named a largely unchanged lineup from the one that topped the Tampa Bay Rowdies on the road last week, with the only changes being goalkeeper Eric Ati and midfielder Junior Burgos starting in place of Derby Carrillo and Pablo Cruz.

The first half of Saturday night’s matchup in Atlanta was played very evenly. Each side had several quality scoring opportunities, with McCaulay serving as the only one to actually finish one.

In the 14th minute, Fury midfielder Hamza Elias, who was very active all night long, nearly put his team up early. Elias poked a shot towards goal, but an onrushing Eric Ati was there to stop it for the Silverbacks.

Just seconds later, on the other end, McCaulay came just as close, forcing Fury goalkeeper Devala Gorrick into an impressive reaction save.

The Fury had the next chance through Brazilian forward Vini Dantas. Ati was again forced to come out of his goal, and stopped not one, but two efforts from Dantas.

The breakthrough finally came in the 44th minute, and it was midfielder Jesus Gonzalez who started the move that got the goal. Gonzalez’s long ball found the head of forward Jaime Chavez, who nodded it across goal for McCaulay to finish.

The Silverbacks picked up right where they left off, starting the second half with a bang. Midfielder Blair Gavin found the head of Chavez, who nodded a header off the hands of Gorrick and into the net for a 2-0 lead in the 50th minute.

After Chavez’s goal, the Silverbacks really took control. The visiting Fury had plenty of difficulty completing passes in the Silverbacks’ defensive half, giving the home side plenty of counter-attacking opportunities.

One of those opportunities nearly lead to a third goal in the 86th minute, as substitute midfielder Kwadwo Poku set up McCaulay, whose shot was deflected inches wide of the post.

The Fury still had a goal in them, though, and it led to a nervy finish for the home fans. Midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic found the head of defender Omar Jarun, an Atlanta native and former Silverbacks player. Jarun’s header beat Ati and gave the visitors hope.

It wasn’t to be for the Fury, however. McCaulay again came inches close to his second goal of the game just before the final whistle, and that killed off any hope of a comeback for the visitors.Ottawa Manager Marc Dos Santos acknowledge a long week for the Fury – including the midweek Amway Canadian Championship game in Edmonton, “Not many [positives] today - it wasn’t good enough from us.  I felt the team was tired and a lot of things went against us this week - we can’t take positives from a game like that.”

Atlanta Technical Director Eric Wynalda was pleased with the Silverbacks evening, "We have to keep rolling... there are a lot of positives to take from tonight. It was a very entertaining game, we can build off of this it was a really positive result for us."

Ottawa's coach Marc Dos Santos acknowledged a long week for the Fury - including the midweek Amway Canadian Championship game in Edmonton, "Not many [positives] today - it wasn't good enough from us.  I felt the team was tired and a lot of things went against us this week - we can't take positives from a game like that."