Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3109
  • Date10 May 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4
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L L W W W
Atlanta Silverbacks 0
Atlanta Silverbacks

M. Núñez23'

M. Anderson50'

C. Salazar84'

F. Picault90'

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

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Webcast: NASLLive.com
Radio: FTL – Sofloradio.com

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       

Recognition:
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)

Series:
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

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 4 Atlanta Silverbacks 0

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers won their third consecutive game defeating the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks 4-0 at Lockhart Stadium. With the win, the Strikers (4W-0T-1L, 12 points) move up to first place in the NASL standings, level on points with Minnesota United FC.

Martin Nuñez’ third goal in three matches gave the Strikers a 1-0 first half lead, while second-half strikes from Mark Anderson, Carlos Salazar and Fafà Picault gave the Strikers a comfortable home victory in front of 3,109 fans.

The Strikers looked to get on the board early and nearly opened the scoring in just the sixth minute of the match. A 35-yard freekick from Mark Anderson dipped over the wall and on frame but Silverbacks goalkeeper Eric Ati managed to get low to his right to parry the ball from danger.

At the other end, Atlanta had a freekick of their own denied by some brilliant goalkeeping. Oka Nikolov got a fingertip to Jesus Gonzalez’ effort from the top of the box to keep the match scoreless.

Just moments later the breakthrough came for the Strikers. A low cross from Anderson wasn’t dealt with by the Silverbacks defense and Nuñez was in the right place to pick his spot and put the hosts ahead in the 23rd minute of the match.

Strikers forward Fafà Picault caused the Atlanta defense problems all night with his movement, and went close to scoring twice in the first half. The diminutive forward had a close range effort denied by a brilliant point-blank save from Ati and was unlucky not to score in the 45th minute after being sent through on goal by Anderson.

A spectacular goal from Anderson doubled the Strikers’ just five minutes into the second half. A quick throw from Iván Guerrero was played into the path of Anderson who struck the ball on the bounce from 30 yards into the far corner of the net to the delight of the home fans.

Down 2-0, Atlanta started to throw numbers forward. Any hopes of a comeback were crushed in the 73rd minute which forced the Englishman off the field with an injury.

Carlos Salazar added a goal five minutes from time on a freekick from the top of the box. The Strikers increased the lead to 4-0 in the final seconds of the match on a penalty kick converted by Picault, who was taken down for the spot kick.