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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3062
  • Date27 Sep 14
  • VenueAtlanta Silverbacks Park
Atlanta Silverbacks
Atlanta Silverbacks 0
San Antonio Scorpions 1
San Antonio Scorpions

49'C. Elizondo

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs San Antonio Scorpions

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs San Antonio Scorpions




Two teams looking to end their respective losing streaks as the Atlanta Silverbacks host the San Antonio Scorpions at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.  The Scorpions, who are five points from first-place in the NASL Combined Standings, are coming off their second consecutive loss last week after dropping a 2-0 decision at home to league-leading Minnesota United FC.   Meanwhile, the Silverbacks, who have lost their last three encounters, were beaten 3-0 to visiting Ottawa Fury FC this past weekend.  The Scorpions hold a slight edge in the head-to-head series over the Silverbacks however Atlanta has won three of the last four meetings at Silverbacks Park.  The last time both clubs faced off was this past Spring when goals from midfielders Cesar Elizondo and Walter Restrepo gave the host Scorpions a 2-1 victory at Toyota Field on August 23.


Last Five Games:  ATL – L W L L L               SAS – W L W L L






Stats leaders:

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

SAS-Goals –Tomasz Zahorski (6); Assists – Billy Forbes (6)



ATL-Pablo Cruz; SAS-Stephen DeRoux



NASL Head-to-Head: (10 meetings): Scorpions 5 wins, 2 ties, 3 losses – 15 GF/10 GA (+5 GD)

At Silverbacks: (5 meetings): Silverbacks 3 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss—7 GF/4 GA (+3 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Scorpions 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses – 4 GF/2 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: August 23, 2014 at Toyota Field — Scorpions 2-1 Silverbacks


Coaches quotes:

“Were probably going to make some changes this week and reward some of the guys that are really battling right now. At this point we know San Antonio fairly well, we know what to expect.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith

“Atlanta are a dynamic team with some great individual players and as the playoffs near, the intensity of each and every game gets amplified. But our focus remains the same; we're determined and dedicated to continue refining and improving our style of play to achieve the long term goals we set out for ourselves this season and we’re eager to earn an important result on the road this weekend." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina


Referee: Robert Sibiga

Asst 1: Nick Uranga

Asst 2: Alexander Plum

4th: Matthew Jackson


Atlanta Silverbacks 0 San Antonio Scorpions 1

A goal from midfielder Cesar Elizondo gave the visiting San Antonio Scorpions a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks at Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.


A goal from midfielder Cesar Elizondo gave the visiting San Antonio Scorpions a  1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks at Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.

With the win, the Scorpions have now earned 22 points on the road in 2014, which is a new team record. San Antonio also moves back into the top spot in the NASL Fall Season Standings pending results of Sunday's league action.

Coming into the match, the Alamo City boys had been a strong second half team with 65% of their goals on the season scored after the intermission. 38% of those tallies in the second frame were scored in the opening 15 minutes of the half, and the trend continued against the Silverbacks.

The Scorpions did not manage a single shot on goal in the first half, but in just the 49' minute they took the lead on their first attempt of the match. Elizondo collected a ball that had been knocked away from midfielder Rafael Castillo on the left side of the Atlanta 18-yard-box.

Elizondo take one touch to set himself up and then hit a screamer from the edge of the area that Silverbacks goalie Eric Ati had no chance to stop from going into the far upper 90.

Goalkeeper Josh Saunders was called upon to make an important save in the 60' and then had his crossbar rattled in the 74' on a big hit from Junior Sandoval as Atlanta turned up the pressure. Coach Marcina made the right tactical moves, though, as the defense clamped down for their ninth clean sheet of the year.