In the Silverbacks home opener they played to a scoreless draw against the expansion San Antonio Scorpions. The game was a sell out (5,000 tickets sold) and fans came out to the first home game despite it being Easter weekend and many counties being on spring break. The fans that showed up got to see the new look Silverbacks that included 5 starters that weren’t on the team last year.
The Silverbacks had the majority of the possession but it wasn’t enough against a San Antonio team that was happy to sit back and defend with hopes of scoring on a counter attack. The makeshift forward pairing of Nico Colaluca and David Santamaria isn’t one you’ll likely see as the season moves on. Chilean forward Reinaldo Navia just arrived in Atlanta on Friday morning but was on the bench and played the final 15 minutes of the match coming on for Santamaria. The other big forward signing of Stephen Ademolu still hasn’t arrived yet but should be in Atlanta within the next week or so. The Silverbacks leading scorer from last year, Matt Horth, is still recovering from an injury and didn’t dress for the game. It’s early in the season but there shouldn’t be any concerns about the offense from this one game.
There were many opportunities for both sides to get on the board and each keeper came up with a few big saves to help preserve the clean sheets. The majority of the Silverbacks chances came from crosses in from the side and lobs over the top. Unfortunately most were met by empty space or San Antonio’s defense. The service definitely needs to be better regardless of who comes in as forward.
One winner on the night was Special Olympics Georgia. The Atlanta Silverbacks committed to donating $1 for every ticket purchased for the night’s game. It’s good to see clubs like the Silverbacks give back to the community. The San Antonio Scorpions were created for the purpose of not just giving back, but giving all. All net profits generated from the San Antonio Scorpions will go to Morgan’s Wonderland, a park created for the recreation and enjoyment to individuals with special needs. The park was created back in 2007 by Gordon Hartman, who also leads the ownership group of the San Antonio Scorpions.
Did you get out to see the game? If so, what did you think?