After an entertaining Saturday in the NASL that saw the teams separate in the standings, FC Edmonton were ready to take on Spring Champions Atlanta Silverbacks in front of a home crowd at Clarke Stadium.
It took 10 minutes for the teams to feel each other out - and it was the Silverbacks who earned the first chance of the half. Atlanta midfielder Richie Menjivar took a shot from 20 yards out that dipped just over the bar and out of FC Edmonton goalkeeper Lance Parker’s reach and finally out for a goal kick.
The Eddies reciprocated the play when forward Corey Hertzog jumped bravely for the ball in front of the visiting team’s net to beat ‘keeper Joe Nasco with a header. However, instead of FC Edmonton taking the lead, the goal was called offside and the game remained scoreless.
FC Edmonton earned their second close call of the half in the 29th minute when Hertzog played a nice layoff to Shaun Saiko whose first shot was saved by Nasco and then played his own rebound volley just wide of the net.
FC Edmonton and Atlanta Silverbacks headed to the locker room with a 0-0 scoreline and nothing to separate them.
“Every chance that we get we need to make sure that we take but we need to play a good solid defensive game as well,” said Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes at halftime. “We didn’t expect to come here and blow off steam because we know we’re up against a great defensive team.”
Eddie coach Colin Miller said: “I think it’s a cracking game with two teams committed to winning it. Atlanta had chances early on and I think we have weathered the storm and if we continue to defend as well as we have and keep the pace up, we can ask some questions of the Atlanta defense.”