FC Edmonton welcome the Atlanta Silverbacks to Alberta, Canada for their second match of a three-game home stand at Clarke Stadium. The Eddies occupy sixth place in the table, two places above rock-bottom Atlanta.
The Silverbacks head into this tricky away fixture on the back of a disappointing 5-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. A goal from Silverbacks’ top-scorer Reinaldo Navia was nothing more than a consolation for the visiting Silverbacks team after goals from Andy Rose, Osvalso Alonso, Alex Caskey, and Sammy Ochoa eliminated the NASL team from the tournament.
Last weekend, FC Edmonton let a two-goal lead slip against a visiting San Antonio Scorpions to draw 2-2. The star of the show was once again Alberta native Shaun Saiko, the midfielder capping off a fantastic month with a goal and an assist.
In their inaugural season, the Eddies got the better of the Silverbacks in each of the four encounters, ultimately going 4-0-0 against last season’s last-place team. The Silverbacks could only manage one goal against their Canadian opponents, and conceded a total of eight times against Edmonton.
With just three points separating the two sides in the NASL standings, Atlanta could get their season on track with a huge upset on the road.
FC Edmonton vs. Atlanta Silverbacks
Sunday, June 3, 2012— 4:00 P.M. EDT
2012 Series: First meeting
2011 Series: Edmonton,4-0-0
Head Coach Harry Sinkgraven Alex Pineda Chacón
2012 Records 2-2-4, 8pts 0-5-4, 5pts
Last Five Games (L-R) L W W L T L L L L T
Goals Leader Shaun Saiko (5) Reinaldo Navia (6)
Assists Leader Ilja Van Leerdan (3) Ciaran O’Brien (3)
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