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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3011
  • Date19 Jul 14
  • VenueAtlanta Silverbacks Park
Atlanta Silverbacks
Atlanta Silverbacks 1
FC Edmonton 0
FC Edmonton

P. Cruz75'

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs FC Edmonton

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs FC Edmonton




Two sides that are searching for their first victories of the Fall Season has the Atlanta Silverbacks hosting FC Edmonton at Silverbacks Park.  Edmonton is coming off a scoreless draw at home against Ottawa Fury FC, while Atlanta dropped a 3-2 decision on the road to Tampa Bay Rowdies.  The Eddies lead the head-to-head series against the Silverbacks, however they are winless against Atlanta in the last four encounters.  The last time both squads met was this past Spring at Edmonton’s Clarke Stadium, when goals from forwards Jaime Chavez and Kwadwo Poku gave visiting Silverbacks a 2-1 win.


Last Five Games:  ATL – L W L T L                                            FCE – T L L W T                                                                                                           




FCE- Cristian Raudales (Team of the Week-1)


Stats leaders:

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (5); Assists – Blair Gavin (3)

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce (5); Assist – Neil Hlavaty, Ritchie Jones, Lance Laing (2)



NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings): FC Edmonton 7 wins, 2 ties, 4 losses—19 GF/11 GA (+8 GD)

At Silverbacks: (6 meetings): FC Edmonton 4 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss— 8 GF/3 GA (+5 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting) Silverbacks 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: May 24, 2014 at Clarke Stadium — Eddies 1-2 Silverbacks


Coaches quotes:

“FC Edmonton is always a difficult opponent for us, and whenever we play them, it’s always a spirited contest. Colin Miller has made some changes to his team, and they are on a decent run right now. They play strong defensively and have a few guys that can make some things happen up top.” – Silverbacks coach Eric Wynalda


“We have a tough game against Atlanta. We will need to be at our very best to get a result in Atlanta in very warm conditions. I am looking forward to a positive reaction from the team to make up for what happened on Sunday.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

Asst 1: Mark Sauro

Asst 2: Brandon Adams

4th: Matthew Jackson


Atlanta Silverbacks 1 FC Edmonton 0

Second half goal from midfielder Pablo Cruz gave the host Atlanta Silverbacks a 1-0 victory over FC Edmonton in front of 3,011 spectators at Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.


Second half goal from midfielder Pablo Cruz gave the host Atlanta Silverbacks a 1-0 victory over FC Edmonton in front of 3,011 spectators at Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.

After a quick attacking start for the Eddies, the Silverbacks found their grove and settled into a passing rhythm that held them in the majority of possession inside the first 15 minutes. An Eddies defensive error set up a chance in the 21st minute for Atlanta’s Borfor Carr, but his final volley was just wide of the net. 

A free kick for FC Edmonton in the 26th minute lead to the visiting team’s best chance inside the first half an hour. Off of FCE midfielder Neil Hlavaty’s boot, the ball just missed the head of defender Kareem Moses and also the gloves of returning goalkeeper Joe Nasco. It was finally cleared to give Atlanta a breather. 

Just after the 30 minute mark, Edmonton striker Frank Jonke turned his defender and found himself with an open chance on net. His final effort, however, was just dragged wide of the net. This chance by the Eddies finished off an aggressive 0-0 half between the two sides. 

FC Edmonton were put under early pressure at the start the second half and after a series of Atlanta corner kicks, the Eddies were finally able to come out of their own 18 yard-box. It was another free kick taken by Hlavaty that saw the first FC Edmonton chance of the second half. Centreback Albert Watson rose to win the header, but the second ball was a narrow miss for Kareem Moses at the far post. 

A quick counter from the Eddies at the hour mark saw Jonke and Horace James connect for another chance on net for the visiting side. However, James saw his final header just over the corner of the net. The former Silverback saw his second chance of the night again go just wide of the net only four minutes later after a slightly miscued side-kick. 

FC Edmonton goal keeper John Smits came smartly denied the home side the lead just before the 70 minute mark. A ball from Mike Randolph eluded the stretch of centre back Alberto Navarro and landed for Jamie Chavez. Smits came bravely off his mark to charge down the ball and make the save. 

Despite the Eddies having the majority of the chances, and the slight lead in possession throughout the 90 minutes (52% to 48%), it was the home side that earned the only goal of the match. The Silverbacks earned a free-kick at the top of the box in the 75th minute and Pablo Cruz’s shot went just over the wall as passed the outstretched arms of Smits to find the back of the net and give the Silverbacks a 1-0 lead.

The match was kickstarted for the Eddies after bringing on Hanson Boakai for the final 10 minutes. It was his effort shortly after coming on that forced Nasco to make a game winning save and touch the ball over the crossbar. As the full time whistle blew, the Silverbacks earned their first clean sheet of the year and the Eddies fly back to Edmonton without a share of the points. 

"(Joe) Nasco saved the day for sure, great shot and a great save, but very appropriate that Pablo Cruz got the win for us," said Silverbacks coach, Eric Wynalda, who coached his last game with the team as he will remain as Technical Director, while Jason Smith takes over at the helm. "I’m just thrilled he got the goal for us. I love Atlanta, this has been a wonderful opportunity, thank you to all the staff and my dear friend Ricardo Montoya.”