PREVIEW | Eddies Aim To Bring Strong Road Performances Back To Clarke Field

FC Edmonton, currently sitting in second, looks to continue their strong play in the Fall Season against Atlanta
Atlanta Silverbacks Staff | Jul 24, 2015

Atlanta Silverbacks turn their sights on their third opponent in eight days, FC Edmonton, this Sunday at Clarke Field at 4 p.m. ET.

Edmonton, after a subpar defensive performance during the Spring Season, seems to have righted the ship, becoming one of the best teams in the first four weeks of the fall.

The Eddies have only given up three goals in their first four games of the Fall Season. The only team that has done better defensively is the New York Cosmos, who have given up just two in just as many games. But, while New York has only scored one goal so far, Edmonton has scored eight. Ottawa Fury FC, the league’s best attack at the moment, has scored nine. The Eddies also have 22 goals on the season, only one behind the league-leading Carolina RailHawks.

Currently riding a four-match unbeaten streak, the Eddies are on a mission to flip the NASL Standings upside down. Edmonton ended the Spring Season second-to-last, but are currently sitting in second for the Fall Season Standings. Overall, Edmonton are only currently four points away from a postseason spot.

Under any normal circumstances, it would be conceivable to think that Lance Laing – the Eddies’ leading goalscorer – is the man Edmonton should thank. But Laing has been with the Jamaican national team for the past three weeks and Edmonton has kept on rolling. By overloading the midfield – and with a little luck – the Eddies have risen to become one of the toughest teams in the NASL.

Atlanta, on the other hand, will be trying their best to stop an unlucky slide. After earning their first win over Jacksonville Armada FC, the Silverbacks suffered a comeback draw from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and their second loss of the Fall Season at TD Place. Going from Florida to Canada in less than a week was bound to result in some tired legs.

The Silverbacks, though, have shown an ever-increasing attacking appetite. New additions Pedro Mendes, Junior Burgos, and Kosuke Kimura have helped to kick start the attack, but the team is still getting accustomed to playing with a new 3-5-2 formation. They’ve also been a little unlucky with their defending after conceding two penalties in the last two games.

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