The Atlanta Silverbacks head north of the border this weekend to play FC Edmonton on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Silverbacks (0-5-4) are in the midst of a four-game road trip that most recently featured a stop in Seattle on Wednesday night for their third-round U.S. Open Cup game against the Sounders of MLS. The Silverbacks fell, 5-1, to the Sounders, who are the three-time defending champions of the tournament.
FC Edmonton (2-2-4) didn’t have midweek cup obligations, so they will benefit from a full week of training at home. Head Coach Harry Sinkgraven’s side is coming off a pair of games against the San Antonio Scorpions, a 2-0 road loss on May 19 and a 2-2 home draw on May 27.
The most recent result was a disappointing one from FC Edmonton’s point of view, as they allowed the Scorpions to fight back from a two-goal deficit in the second half to earn a point in Edmonton. Goals from forward Yashir Pinto and midfielder Shaun Saiko put the home team in the driver’s seat, but tallies from forward Josue Soto and defender Ryan Cochrane gave the Scorpions a share of the points.
The Silverbacks will look at Sunday’s game as a big opportunity to vault their way up the NASL standings. With a win over FC Edmonton, the Silverbacks would be even in points with their Canadian opponents, putting them back within striking distance of several opponents.
The team’s last league road game, which came on May 26 in Fort Lauderdale, provided Silverbacks Head Coach Alex Pineda Chacón with a little more encouragement as the team put their four-game skid to a halt. The 1-1 scoreline was the Silverbacks’ fifth draw of the season, with Chilean forward Reinaldo Navia grabbing the team’s only goal.
The Silverbacks’ achilles heel this season has been their defense. The Silverbacks have conceded a league-high 19 goals through their first nine games this season, making it difficult to earn results even when they score goals. FC Edmonton will look to exploit that defense through the likes of Saiko, Michael Cox, and Ilja van Leerdam, the last two of which scored against the Silverbacks earlier this season.
Sunday’s matchup represents the second meeting between these two teams this season, with FC Edmonton coming out on top, 2-0, in Atlanta on May 12. FC Edmonton is playing in a different home stadium this season, switching from Foote Field to Clarke Stadium in 2012. The Silverbacks picked up one point in two games in Edmonton last season.
Kickoff is at 2 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) from Clarke Stadium in Edmonton. The game can be seen live online at atlantasilverbacks.com/live.