The Atlanta Silverbacks are set to take on FC Edmonton this Saturday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. Following the team's training session on Tuesday morning, atlantasilverbacksfc.com was able to catch up with head coach Brian Haynes, midfielder Milton Blanco, and defender Martyn Lancaster to discuss how the team was preparing for this weekend’s matchup.
Going into last Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Scorpions, the Atlanta Silverbacks had tied four of their last five games, leaving them desperate to shake their streak of neutral results. The Silverbacks were able to do just that, topping the Scorpions, 2-1, at Atlanta Silverbacks Park – a win that gives the team momentum going into this Saturday’s road clash with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The Atlanta Silverbacks and Tampa Bay Rowdies are only separated by a single point in the NASL Fall Season standings, and on Saturday night, the two teams will clash at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. After training on Tuesday morning, atlantasilverbacksfc.com caught up with goalkeeper Joe Nasco, defender Josh Suggs, and midfielder Richie Menjivar to get an update on the team’s preparation for this Saturday’s road clash against the Rowdies.
The legendary and incomparable Pele pulled on a New York Cosmos jersey for the final time on August 28, 1977, as he led his team to the NASL Soccer Bowl championship. Pele is now Honorary President of the Cosmos, some 36 years later, and NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 will be contested on November 9 between the NASL Spring Season winners the Atlanta Silverbacks and the team that clinches the NASL Fall Season title.
In an historical first meeting, the Silverbacks and Cosmos drew 1-1 on Saturday evening, with a second-half equalizer from Silverbacks defender Shane Moroney cancelling out an earlier tally by Cosmos midfielder Marcos Senna. Following the game, atlantasilverbacksfc.com caught up with Silverbacks Head Coach Brian Haynes to get his take on the result and his players’ performances.