Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance2409
  • Date16 Aug 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
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Atlanta Silverbacks 1
Atlanta Silverbacks

F. Picault62'

7'J. Chávez

Match Preview: Fort Lauderale Strikers vs Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: Fort Lauderale Strikers vs Atlanta Silverbacks

FTLvATL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

Radio: FTL – Sofloradio.com

 

Following a successful two-game road trip, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers return home to welcome Atlanta Silverbacks at Lockhart Stadium.  Fort Lauderdale, who have moved into fourth place in the 2014 NASL Combined Standings (Spring/Fall), is coming off 2-1 victory over host Ottawa Fury last week, while Atlanta dropped a 2-1 home match to New York Cosmos.  Silverbacks, who are currently seventh at the Combined Table, have lost the last three encounters against Strikers.  The previous meeting between the two sides took place this past spring when goals from Carlos Salazar, forwards Martin Nuñez, Fafà Picault and midfielder Mark Anderson gave host Fort Lauderdale a 4-0 win at Lockhart Stadium on May 10.

 

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

 

Recognition:

FTL-Rafael Alves, Kamil Čontofalský, Darnell King (Team of the Week-5)

ATL-N/A

 

Stats leaders:

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (6); Assists – Ivan Guerrero (3)

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (7); Assists – Blair Gavin (3)

 

Suspension:

ATL-Junior Sandoval

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings): Strikers 5 wins, 3 ties, 5 losses — 24 GF/19 GA (+5 GD)

At Strikers: (7 meetings): Strikers 3 wins, 2 ties, 2 losses — 19 GF/11 GA (+8 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting) Strikers 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses — 4 GF/0 GA (+4 GD)

Last Meeting: May 10, 2014 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 4-0 Silverbacks

 

Coaches quotes:

“This is a very important game for us. We need to get the three points at home against Atlanta so we can solidify our spot in The Championship.  They are only two points behind us and they’ve played one less game than us.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

“I thought we were possibly going to get three points here at home (vs NY). We got reduced to ten men, so it’s kind of a hard game to use as a gauge. But at the end of the day, now we have to make up some ground. I expect to get three points all the time at home, and when we don't we have to make it up on the road. So, we need three points.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith

 

Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald

Asst 1: Mark Cahen

Asst 2: Brian Poeschel

4th: Stefan McHardy

 

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 Atlanta Silverbacks 1

The host Fort Lauderdale Strikers came from a goal behind to draw the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-1 at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday evening.

FTLvATL

The host Fort Lauderdale Strikers came from a goal behind to draw the Atlanta Silverbacks 1-1 at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday evening.  Fafà Picault’s seventh goal of the year canceled out Jaime Chavez’ opener as the Strikers extended their unbeaten streak to five games.

The Strikers managed 21 shots on the night, but a stellar performance by Silverbacks goalkeeper Eric Ati helped his side earn a vital point on the road. Ati finished with 12 saves on the night.

The match didn’t start as planned for the Strikers, who were beaten on a swift Silverbacks’ counter attack in the seventh minute. A long ball from Junior Burgos found Jaime Chavez in space who poked the ball past Kamil Contofalsky to open the scoring.

Fort Lauderdale went on the attack and pushed for an equalizer with Martin Nuñez and Fafà Picault forcing Eric Ati into two first-half quality saves.

Atlanta responded with chances of their own to try to double their lead. Chavez went close with a header onto the roof of the net. Minutes later, Contofalsky was called into action to deny a long-range strike from Ryan Roushandel and a free kick from Burgos.

The Strikers came out after the halftime interval looking to score early but were denied by two more brilliant saves by Ati. The goalkeeper first parried a close-range effort from  Nuñez before keeping out a powerful header from Rafael Alves on the ensuing corner kick.

Fort Lauderdale kept pushing for a goal and found the equalizer in the 62nd minute of the match. Nuñez beat his man on the left and squared a low ball across the goal for Picault to score his seventh goal of the year, tying the game at 1-1.

There was nothing Ati could do on the goal, but the Atlanta keeper continued to produce saves as Fort Lauderdale searched for the winning goal.

A great chance came with just ten minutes remaining as substitute Aly Alberto Hassan was put through on goal by Picault. Ati got the better of the one-on-one chance, getting a piece of the ball and deflecting it wide for a corner kick.

The Strikers had a late penalty shout fall on deaf ears in the 86th minute. Picault looked to have been brought down inside the box. There was more late drama when substitute Walter Ramirez was shown a straight red card in the final minute of the match.

"I gotta be happy with a point on the road," said Silverbacks coach Jason Smith.  "When we went ahead early on the goal we gave up our man went out and the Strikers obviously came out strong and had a lot of play, a little disconcerting, but overall to get a point, we’ll take it."

Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner also commented: "I’m disappointed.  In the first half after we went down a goal we weren’t playing hard enough.  At home I’m expecting a lot more, to work much harder. We worked much harder in the second half but we have to find that second goal. One point is better than no point."