On Mother’s Day weekend, the Atlanta Silverbacks will be on the road against FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium. Despite being away from home, the Silverbacks still have plans to pay tribute to their moms.
This week, atlantasilverbacksfc.com caught up with midfielders Pablo Cruz, Danny Barrera, and Borfor Carr to ask them about what their moms mean to them.
“First of all, I love my mom. She is always blessing me and always praying for me. She is always looking out for me, and I think I’m better off because of that,” Cruz said. “Of course, I’m going to buy her a gift, but I wish I could be there next to her and my girlfriend.”
“When I was back home in California, she would always go to every game,” he said. “Ever since I started playing here, it’s been hard for her because she always has to work. Hopefully she’ll come out here one day to see me play.”
This season, Cruz, an attacking midfielder, has made two appearances for the Silverbacks as a substitute. He will look to get his third appearance this weekend, while Barrera will look to build on his tally of two assists, which ranks him second in the league. Barrera also spoke fondly of the role his mom plays in his life.
“My mom taught me soccer because my father passed away when I was two years old, and she had to raise my brother and me,” said Barrera. “She’s the one that signed us up and took us to all the practices. She always pushed us to try harder and continue playing even if we thought about stopping.”
“She recognized our talent at an early age and made sure we had all the right people around us and all the right opportunities to earn a scholarship to a four-year college,” Barrera said. “She put us in the right place to succeed.”
With the team playing on Mother’s Day in Edmonton, midfielder Borfor Carr is hoping to bring a win and a present home with him from Canada.
“She’s going to get a phone call, as always. Since the game is in the afternoon, we’re going to have the rest of the day there, so I’m going to try and find something for her,” said Carr. “Again, you’re on the road, so there is not much you can do.”
“For me, it’s a lot different from the other guys on the team because I grew up in Africa and I was just with my mom. It wasn’t because my dad didn’t want to be there - it was a tough situation,” said Carr. “I feel like she helped me be the person I am today. She was very supportive with everything I wanted to do.”
“She is always there being a mom, being a friend, being whatever you need her to be,” Carr said. “I owe a lot to her.”
Kickoff between the Silvebacks and FC Edmonton is at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. The game can be seen live online at atlantasilverbacksfc.com or fans can get together to watch the game at the Elder Tree Public House. For more information on the Elder Tree, please visit eldertreeatl.com.