Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3085
  • Date02 Nov 14
  • VenueClarke Field
  • Kick Off04:00 PM EDT
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FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton 2
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L L D D L
Atlanta Silverbacks 1
Atlanta Silverbacks

O. Ameobi17'

M. Nonni34'

71'S. Bangura

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

FCEvsATL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: FCE – Rogers TV

 

FC Edmonton aims to extend its home unbeaten streak to seven games when it greets the Atlanta Silverbacks at Clarke Stadium.  The Silverbacks, who haven’t won in their last nine matches, are coming off a 2-0 loss to the visiting Carolina RailHawks, last week.  Meanwhile, Edmonton dropped a 1-0 decision on the road against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers this past weekend.  The Eddies lead the series against the Silverbacks, however Atlanta is unbeaten against the Canadian club in the last five encounters.  The last meeting between the two sides was on July 19, at Silverbacks Park, when a goal from midfielder Pablo Cruz gave the hosts a 1-0 victory.

 

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

                                               

Recognition:

FCE-N/A

ATL-N/A

 

Stats leaders:

FCE-Goals – Lance Laing (7); Assists – Lance Laing (6)

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (9); Assists – Pablo Cruz (4)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): FC Edmonton 7 wins, 2 ties, 5 losses—19 GF/12 GA (+7 GD)

At Edmonton: (7 meetings): FC Edmonton 3 wins, 1 tie, 3 losses — 11 GF/8 GA (+3 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): Silverbacks 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses— 3 GF/1 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: July 19, 2014 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park — Silverbacks 1-0 Eddies

 

Coaches quotes:

“We want to end this season on a high and we’ve played well at home. We’re undefeated in six and we want to make it seven for our final match of the year.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

“We're approaching this game with the same seriousness we've approached the past three games. We want to do whatever possible to win the game.” – Silverbacks coach Alejandro Pombo

 

Referee: Yusri Rudolf

Asst 1: Derek Illingworth

Asst 2: Chris Wattam

4th: Sheena Dickson

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FC Edmonton 2 Atlanta Silverbacks 1

FC Edmonton closed out the 2014 NASL Fall Season with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks in front of 3,085 spectators at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

FCEvATL

FC Edmonton closed out the 2014 NASL Fall Season with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks in front of 3,085 spectators at Clarke Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Each team exchanged possession in the early going with a few scattered scoring opportunities for each side early in the match, but it was in the 17th minute that the Eddies were the first to get on the board. A cross from Eddie Edward from the right wing dropped almost perfectly to striker Tomi Ameobi inside the 6-yard-box who had time to corral it and pick his corner from point blank range to put the Eddies up 1-0. 

Atlanta was quick to attempt a reply when a free kick to the left of the Eddies net in the 20th minute lead to a strike that would go off the crossbar and out of play. Minutes later in the 26th minute, the Silverbacks would have another chance when a volley off the boot of Janny Rivera was on target but would be stopped on a diving save by Eddies’ backup ‘keeper Tyson Farago who was making his first professional appearance. 

Minutes later in the 31st minute, FCE midfielder Neil Hlavaty was taken down inside Atlanta’s penalty area. Hlavaty was awarded the penalty kick but would be denied on the shot by Silverbacks’ ‘keeper Thomas Hunter. FCE was quick to redeem themselves though, when moments later in the 34rd minute a cross from the right wing was headed inside the box by Daryl Fordyce and a streaking Michael Nonni would finish on a beautiful diving header to double the Eddies’ lead to 2-0 which they would maintain heading into the half.  

The second half opened up with exchanged periods of possession until the 70th minute when Atlanta converted on a corner kick opportunity. Abdul Bangura received the initial kick and got the ball to cousin Shaka Bangura who would touch it past Farago to cut the Eddies’ lead in half. 

FCE would have some scattered scoring opportunities in the final third and ‘keeper Farago would do well in his first professional appearance to make some fantastic saves to preserve the one-goal lead. But at the final whistle, the two tallies by Ameobi and Nonni in the first half would prove enough for FCE to walk with all three points in their final match. 

Despite thinking the win could have come a bit easier, FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller was pleased with the Eddies’ last appearance of the season. 

“I do think the match could have been finished by halftime, but overall I can’t criticize the players at all for their effort today and in the whole Fall Season,” said Miller about the match. “All in all it was a very positive finish to the season. Hopefully we’ve raised the bar for next year and we do plan on bringing in some fresh faces that will hopefully add even more quality and a bit more pace to the team. That will be our job between now and the preseason.”

Miller also made sure to praise young goalkeeper Tyson Farago for his fantastic debut with the club.

“For making his professional debut, it was a great performance. He’s one for the future for sure and a great Canadian talent. We are very happy with the progress he’s made and he’s got a great attitude,” said Miller about the young goalkeeper.

With their final win of the season, the Eddies finished third in the Fall Season standings and sixth in the combined season standings, which put them just three points out of a post-season position. FCE will now head into the offseason looking to regroup and start fresh come preseason time in March.