The 2013 North American Soccer League regular season concludes on an intriguing when the newly crowned Fall Season title winners the New York Cosmos visit the Spring champions the Atlanta Silverbacks at Silverbacks Park on Saturday live on NASL.com. Seven days later, live on ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes, they will meet for NASL Soccer Bowl 2013.
Currently on a 10-game unbeaten streak after topping the hosts San Antonio Scorpions, 2-1 last week to clinch the Fall title, the Cosmos are visiting the state of Georgia for the first time in 32 years. They took on the Silverbacks on September 7 when the teams battled to a 1-1 draw at Hofstra University.
“We're going to continue to work and prepare like we have all season,” said Cosmos coach, Giovanni Savarese. “We're focusing on this weekend and going to put out the players that need to be there. We're still taking this week by week, game by game.”
The Silverbacks, who are eager to recapture the form that won them the NASL Spring Season title, return home where they are unbeaten in their last four while winning three consecutive games.
“This weekend we need to get back on track because we’ve lost two games in a row,” said Brian Haynes. “All we need to do now is concentrate on us, not who we’re playing, but us. The upside to our next couple of games is that we’ve won our last three games at home.”
This Saturday’s Silverbacks-Cosmos clash will also air locally on WUVM-TV Azteca Atlanta on tape delayed on Sunday at 10:30 am ET.
All four of this weekend’s games will kick off at 7.30pm and can be seen via a live stream at www.NASL.com and on iOS and Android devices by downloading the Ustream App.
Elsewhere on Saturday, the Carolina RailHawks will close out 2013 by putting their 15-game home unbeaten streak (NASL and U.S. Open Cup games) on the line against the San Antonio Scorpions at WakeMed Soccer Park, live locally on television at WRAL2 and radio at 99.9 HD-3 The Ticket.
“This is an important game for the club,” said RailHawks Coach, Colin Clark. “We have an opportunity to have the most points over the course of the NASL Regular Season and finish the year unbeaten at home. San Antonio is going to come in fighting and we have to be prepared and if we want to get the three points.”
The Scorpions, however, have won two-of-three previous meeting at Carolina and five of seven overall encounters.
“We have one more match this season to go and show what type of team we are,” said Scorpions interim coach Alen Marcina. “We want to win and we want to get the three points, and we feel that if we impose our game on Carolina, then we will come away with those points.”
Also potentially at stake in Carolina will be the race for the NASL Golden Boot – the league’s top goal scorer in 2013 – as RailHawks forward Brian Shriver currently leads the competition with 13 goals. He could go head to head on Saturday with Scorpions strikers Hans Denissen, who has been battling an injury and is tied for second place along with Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Georgi Hristov, with 12 goals.
Minnesota forward Pablo Campos trails the leaders with 11 goals and has a chance to increase his total when United visits the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday evening live at NASL.com.
The match-up will also be a battle of the last two NASL champions; Minnesota (2011 winner) and Tampa Bay (2012). Currently on a seven-game unbeaten streak at home, the Rowdies have not beaten United in a regular season match at Al Lang Stadium since June 2012.
“We want to finish the season on a high note and the fans deserve the win as well,” said Rowdies coach, Ricky Hill. “For some reason for the last three years our final match of the season has been against Minnesota and they have always been a tough opponents. Our fans have been great this year and come this Saturday we owe them the win.”
Saturday’s Fall Season concludes with two other teams aiming to finish on a high note as the Fort Lauderdale Strikers host FC Edmonton at Lockhart Stadium.
The Strikers have a five-game unbeaten streak against the Eddies and have not lost to the Canadian club at Fort Lauderdale since April 9, 2011.
“We want to finish with a win, especially at home,” said Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner. “We had a pretty good season already with everything we’ve gone through, but to end with a win would be good.”
Tickets for NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 are now on general sale and can be purchased by calling 404-969-4900 or booking online at www.atlantasilverbacksfc.com. The NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 official website is now live at www.NASLSoccerBowl.com
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