Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5000
  • Date06 Sep 14
  • VenueAtlanta Silverbacks Park
Atlanta Silverbacks
Atlanta Silverbacks 1
Indy Eleven 2
Indy Eleven

B. Gavin45'

15'J. Johnson

37'B. Smith

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Indy Eleven

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Indy Eleven




After spending last month playing four of five matches on the road, the Atlanta Silverbacks return home to host Indy Eleven at Silverbacks Park.  The Silverbacks, who are just four points from the last qualifying berth to The Championship, are coming off a 2-0 road win over the Carolina RailHawks last week, while Indy Eleven stopped a three-game losing streak after holding the visiting New York Cosmos to a 2-2 draw.  This is the third match-up this year between the two teams where a total of 12 goals have been scored in the previous encounters.  In their last meeting, midfielders Junior Burgos, Pablo Cruz, Junior Sandoval and forward Jaime Chavez all scored for visiting Silverbacks in the 4-2 win over Indy Eleven on August 2, at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium.


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



ATL-Junior Sandoval (Player of the Week-8); Ryan Roushandel, Junior Sandoval (Team of the Week-8)

IND-Jermaine Johnson (Team of the Week-8)


Stats leaders:

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (8); Assists – Blair Gavin (3)

IND-Goals – Kléberson (8); Assists – Mike Ambersley, A.J. Corrado, Dylan Mares, Blake Smith (2)



NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Silverbacks 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses – 7 GF/5 GA (+2 GD)

At Silverbacks: (1 meeting): Indy/Silverbacks 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses – 3 GF/3 GA (0 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Silverbacks 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses – 7 GF/5 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: August 2, 2014 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium — Indy 2-4 Silverbacks


Coaches quotes:

“This past week in Carolina I was extremely pleased that we stuck to our game plan for 90 minutes and executed it pretty well. We want to build on that for the weekend but make sure that the game plan is one that addresses Indy and their strengths and weaknesses, and try to make sure we take care of the special players that they have, yet stick to what's emerging as our style of play.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith

“The fight we showed in the second half against New York displayed the energy we need to be seeing for the full 90 minutes. That effort was definitely one we can build off of heading into Atlanta on Saturday. We've had two shootouts with the Silverbacks and we're not interested in a third, so defending all over the pitch will be our primary focus, especially with us missing a key cog in the back with Erick Norales gone for national team duty.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer


Referee: Robert Sibiga

Asst 1: William Hale

Asst 2: Khadie Sabara

4th: Kyle Whitley



Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Indy Eleven 2

Indy Eleven earned its third victory of the 2014 NASL Fall Season after topping the host Atlanta Silverbacks, 2-1, in front of 5,000 spectators at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.


Indy Eleven earned its third victory of the 2014 NASL Fall Season after topping the host Atlanta Silverbacks, 2-1, in front of 5,000 spectators at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.

Silverbacks midfielder Blair Gavin tallied for the home side just before the halftime break in a match that closed out the season series between the two clubs and snapped Indy Eleven’s six-match winless streak in the process.

After an opening 15 minutes that would see both sides trade chances of equal quality, it was Indy Eleven that would get on the board first through Johnson.  The Jamaican would be played behind the Atlanta backline by a Sergio Peña through ball, which he carried just into the area before slotting a low shot inside the far left post to give the visitors the early 1-0 advantage.  Indy Eleven would receive a bit of bad news shortly thereafter, when defender Kyle Hyland was forced from the match due to injury and replaced by A.J. Corrado in the 17th minute.

Atlanta found ample attacking opportunities down the flanks as the half continued on, but saw several shots miss frame and dangerous crosses cleared away by a pieced together Eleven backline that included debutant Cory Miller and Corrado, a midfielder by trade.  Atlanta would pay for a missed chance off a corner kick in the 37th minute, when Smith finished off a textbook counter attack, knocking home Mike Ambersley’s early cross to double the Indy Eleven advantage to 2-0.

Atlanta fought to the end of the first half and was rewarded in the 45th minute with Gavin’s first goal of the season.  After a foul outside the corner of the Indy Eleven penalty area, Pablo Cruz served into the heart of the area, where an unmarked Gavin redirected home to cut the Indy Eleven lead to 2-1 heading into the halftime break.

Just five minutes into the second half Indy Eleven would have a golden opportunity to go back up a pair when Edgar Espinoza handed down Peña’s cross inside the area to set up a penalty kick. However, Indy Eleven midfielder Kleberson would be denied from the spot for the first time in six tries this season, as Silverbacks ‘keeper Eric Ati dove right and knocked the Brazilian’s attempt away.

Atlanta would see more and more of the ball as the second half ticked away, with midfielder Kwadwo Poku often serving as the catalyst and giving the home side hope down the right flank. However, Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht was on the spot when he needed to be, making six saves on the night, including three at his near post in the final 15 minutes to keep the scoreline at 2-1 for the visitors. 

"Our defenders worked extremely hard tonight with the offensive threat that Atlanta proposed to us," said Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer. "We had some of our midfielders step back and defend. So, all credit to Atlanta. They really pushed us to physical extremes tonight and our guys stood the task and dug their heels in and defended well. Very pleased result tonight.”