The 2013 NASL Spring Season Champion Atlanta Silverbacks will host five-time Guatemalan champion CSD Xelaju MC as part of the ‘Reto Cup’ on Saturday at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
This will be the last tune-up for the Silverbacks before the start of their Fall Season opener against Minnesota United FC on August 3.
Xelaju emerged as the champion of the Guatemalan first division’s 2012 Clausura season, qualifying them for last year’s CONCACAF Champions League. The Quetzaltenango-based club fared well in the tournament, beating out Mexican powerhouse CD Guadalajara “Chivas” in the group stage before eventually bowing out to champions CF Monterrey in the knockout round.
“The CONCACAF Champions League is an extremely competitive tournament, so the fact that Xelaju advanced past the group stage is impressive,” said Silverbacks Head Coach Brian Haynes. “We look at this game as a great opportunity to prepare ourselves for what is going to be a tough and competitive fall season in the NASL.”
It will be the first international encounter for the Silverbacks since they dropped a 1-0 decision to Mexican side Club Irapuato on October 20, 2011 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
For more information on tickets for the encounter against Xelaju please visit: www.atlantasilverbacks.com.
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