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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3061
  • Date18 Oct 14
  • VenueAtlanta Silverbacks Park
Atlanta Silverbacks
Atlanta Silverbacks 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies

J. Chávez54'

38'G. Hristov

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies




The Atlanta Silverbacks will look to end their seven-game winless streak when they greet the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Silverbacks Park. Playing their third game in eight days, the Rowdies are coming off a 3-2 loss at home against Minnesota United FC this past Wednesday, while the Silverbacks posted a 2-2 draw against the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers last Saturday.  Tampa Bay leads the head-to-head match-up against Atlanta, however each team has posted one victory against the other during series this year.  The last time both clubs faced off was on July 12, when two goals from forward Georgi Hristov and one by teammate Casey Townsend gave the Rowdies a 3-2 come-from-behind over the Silverbacks at Al Lang Stadium.  Midfielder Junior Burgos and forward Deon McCaulay scored for Atlanta in the loss.


Last Five Games:  ATL – L L L L T          TBR – L T L L L                                              






Stats leaders:

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (8); Assists – Pablo Cruz (4)

TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (8); Assists – Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov, Keith Savage, Blake Wagner (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): Rowdies 6 wins, 5 ties, 3 losses—27 GF/21 GA (+6 GD)

At Silverbacks: (6 meetings): Rowdies 3 wins, 2 ties, 1 loss — 12 GF/7 GA (+5 GD)

This Year: (2 meeting): Silverbacks 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss — 5 GF/4 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: July 12, 2014 at Al Lang Stadium — Rowdies 3-2 Silverbacks


Coaches quotes:

“First we have to be careful with them, because they haven't won in a while - just like us. They need points to have a chance at the playoffs, so we have to be careful. But we're not going to be timid - we're going to continue building on what we've been working on. I want us to be even more aggressive.” – Silverbacks coach Alejandro Pombo

“Atlanta are very good at home, their performances there this year have been on a consistent level, we expect a really tough game tomorrow night. We're asking the guys to regroup, get together and put on a solid team performance." – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill


Referee: Robert Sibiga

Asst 1: Nick Uranga

Asst 2: Michael Remensnyder

4th: Joshua Morgan


Atlanta Silverbacks 1 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1

Goals by Georgi Hristov and Jaime Chavez brings the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 1-1 draw at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.


Goals by Georgi Hristov and Jaime Chavez brings the Atlanta Silverbacks and the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 1-1 draw at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening. 

The Silverbacks opened the match as the better team and nearly grabbed the opening goal on a couple of occasions. 

Twelve minutes in, Silverbacks defender Alex Harlley shot past Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens, but his shot caromed off the goalpost toward the penalty spot. Jaime Chavez's effort went over Pickens and was goal-bound, but Rowdies right back Jordan Gafa was in position to clear it off the line.

Six minutes later, Atlanta's Jesus Gonzalez rocketed a shot off Pickens' crossbar.

In the 23rd minute, a miscommunication between Pickens and Frankie Sanfilippo gave Pablo Cruz space for a bicycle kick two yards out from goal, but his effort looped over the crossbar.

Facing test after test, the Rowdies defense bent, but didn't break. Pickens recorded seven saves on the night.

Rowdies forward Luciano Olguin received the ball in the box in the 38th minute with enough time to collect, turn and shoot, but his shot was blocked by a defender before reaching goal. The deflection bounced directly to Hristov's feet, who slotted home his ninth goal of the season. It was his second goal this week and third in the last five matches.

After the halftime break, Atlanta again started as the more potent attacking side, finally finding its goal in the 54th minute as Shaka Bangura's looping cross from the byline found Chavez at the backpost for the game-tying tap-in.

The Rowdies inserted Lucky Mkosana and Casey Townsend into the match midway through the second half, with both causing some disruption within Atlanta's defense. The Rowdies put six shots on target in the match, with Silverbacks goalkeeper Thomas Hunter also putting in an impressive shift.

Hristov nearly scored his second goal of the night in the 74th minute, but his effort was wide of Atlanta's net.

Atlanta's Junior Sandoval had a golden chance to score a go-ahead goal with a free kick from just outside the box in the 80th minute, but his shot was inches wide of the post.