Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance2905
  • Date11 Oct 14
  • VenueAtlanta Silverbacks Park
  • Kick Off06:30 PM EDT
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J. Sandoval47'

25'A. Hassan

79'F. Picault

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

ATLvFTL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

 

The Atlanta Silverbacks will look to end their six-game losing streak when they greet the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Silverbacks Park.  Playing their second game in four days, the Strikers are coming off a 3-2 victory over the host Tampa Bay Rowdies this past Wednesday, while the Silverbacks dropped a 1-0 decision on the road to Minnesota United FC last Saturday.  Fort Lauderdale, who is currently fourth in the Combined Standings, is unbeaten in its last four matches against Atlanta, however the Silverbacks have won three of the previous four games at home against the Strikers.  The last time both squads faced off was on August 16, and ended in a 1-1 draw at Lockhart Stadium.  Forward Jaime Chavez gave the Silverbacks the lead, however forward Fafà Picault got the equalizer for the Strikers.

 

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

                                                                         

Recognition:

ATL-N/A

FTL-Mark Anderson (Player of the Week-13); Mark Anderson, Kamil Čontofalský, (Team of the Week-13)

 

Stats leaders:

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

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (11); Assists – Darnell King (4)

 

Suspensions:

ATL- Junior Burgos, Edgar Espinoza

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): Strikers 5 wins, 4 ties, 5 losses — 25 GF/20 GA (+5 GD)

At Silverbacks: (6 meetings): Silverbacks 3 wins, 1 tie, 2 losses — 8 GF/5 GA (+3 GD)

This Year: (2 meeting) Strikers 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses — 5 GF/1 GA (+4 GD)

Last Meeting: August 16, 2014 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 1-1 Silverbacks

 

Coaches quotes:

“They are a hard working team that is organized and has very good players. But at the end of the day, I always think the same way, when the whistle blows its 11v11. That's where you give your all, over those 90 minutes, to get the result. They are a really good team, with game-changing players, but we have those players as well.” – Silverbacks coach Alejandro Pombo

“We know it’s going to be a tough match, especially playing our third match in seven days, but our team is playing with confidence right now, especially after winning against two tough teams in Carolina and Tampa Bay. Atlanta has a new coach and the players will be looking to perform well for him, so we need to maintain our concentration and continue to create our chances and limit theirs.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

 

Referee: Mark Kadlecik

Asst 1: Guido Gonzales, Jr

Asst 2: Remi Ajasa

4th: Glenn Gooding

 

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Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2

Forward Fafà Picault found the back of the net for the 12th time this season as the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers tied the Atlanta Silverbacks 2-2 in Silverbacks Park Saturday night.

ATLvFTL

Forward Fafà Picault found the back of the net for the 12th time this season as the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers tied the Atlanta Silverbacks 2-2 in Silverbacks Park Saturday night. 

Forward Aly Alberto Hassan, who started the match at forward alongside Picault, had several opportunities in the half, scoring his second goal of the season on a header that went over the Silverbacks’ goalkeeper Eric Ati and into the net. The assist on the play came from Shawn Chin, his third assist in two games. Hassan had four shots in the half, including one that hit the cross bar in the 13th minute of the match.

Playing their third match in seven days may have caught up to the Strikers in the second half as Atlanta was the more aggressive team and controlled the ball for most of the final 45 minutes.

The Strikers defenders were caught a little flatfooted in the 47th minute and midfielder Junior Sandoval saw and took the opportunity from about 25 yards out to tie the match 1-1. This was Atlanta’s first goal since September 14th, five matches ago, when they lost 3-2 against the Cosmos.

The Silverbacks had plenty of chances in the second half, including a great fingertip save by Strikers goalkeeper Kamil Contofalsky on a shot by forward Shaka Bangura in the 53rd minute that would have given the home team the lead.

With time starting to get short, the Strikers brought in Jenison Brito for Aly Hassan. In the 79th minute Brito made a great run up the field and beat two Silverbacks defenders to the top of the box, and taking the shot on Ati.  The goalkeeper was able to deflect the ball wide, but Strikers leading scorer Picault found the rebound and put it in the back of the net, giving the Strikers the 2-1 lead with just 11 minutes left to play.

The Silverbacks didn’t’ give up and continued to press, and with just one minute left in regulation Strikers defender Rafael Alves attempted to clear the ball off a Silverbacks shot, but instead put it in the back of his own net, knotting up the score 2-2 with under a minute left.

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