The Silverbacks will travel to Bayamón, Puerto Rico for a midweek clash with the league-leading Puerto Rico Islanders on Wednesday night.
The game presents the Silverbacks (0-4-2) with a formidable challenge, facing off against the Islanders (4-1-1), who have collected 10 of a possible 12 points in four games at the Bayamón Soccer Complex this season.
Throughout the early part of the 2012 season, the Silverbacks have been forced to enter into games without their full compliment of players available, and Wednesday is no different. Midfielder Shane Moroney will miss out due to a red card suspension, meaning Wednesday marks the third time this season the Silverbacks will be without a player due to suspension. The Silverbacks will get back two key midfielders, Borfor Carr and Tony McManus, as they try to hand the Islanders their first home loss of the season.
The Islanders will try to continue their impressive run of form in the opening stages of the season. Head Coach Adrian Whitbread’s side currently ranks first offensively and defensively, having scored a league-best 12 goals and only conceded a league-low four.
Forwards David Foley (four goals), Nicholas Addlery (three goals), and Jonathan Faña (two goals and three assists) have all started the season impressively, while former Manchester City goalkeeper Richard Martin has excelled between the pipes, recording four shutouts in the team’s first six league games.
Faña scored 12 goals last season, four more than Silverbacks forward Matt Horth, who is fit again after a preseason injury that sidelined him for the first several games of the season. Horth, last year’s leading rookie goal scorer in the NASL, bagged a pair of goals in the Silverbacks’ 2-0 win over the Islanders last year in Atlanta, which was the last time these two teams met.
The Silverbacks are still in search of their first win of the season, one that would immediately vault them into the middle of the pack in the NASL standings. League-leading goal scorer Reinaldo Navia will try to get back on track, having gone the last two games without scoring.
The Islanders won three of their four matchups against the Silverbacks last season, including a dramatic 4-3 victory at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on July 4.
Wednesday night’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Bayamón Soccer Complex. Fans can watch a live online stream of the game at atlantasilverbacks.com/live.