The Atlanta Silverbacks won their third straight home game last Saturday night, topping Minnesota United, 3-1, in front of a sellout crowd at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. After the impressive win, the Silverbacks now look ahead to two straight road games – a stint that begins this Saturday in Fort Lauderdale.
Following the team’s training session on Tuesday, Silverbacks Head Coach Brian Haynes checked in with atlantasilverbacksfc.com to summarize Saturday’s win and look ahead to this weekend’s road test against the Strikers.
On Saturday night’s win and scoring more goals:
“It was a good performance all around. I think it would have been nice if we had gotten a shutout, but we can’t get greedy. It’s nice to see the forwards getting goals, and the defenders getting assists.”
“It’s good because I feel like we have created opportunities in past games where we could have scored more goals but it didn’t happen. It happened against Minnesota the other night, and it gives us confidence to go into our remaining games knowing that we don’t just have to defend but we can also attack as well.”
On keeping the goals coming, especially from forwards Ruben Luna and Pedro Mendes:
“As weird as this may sound, its going to take playing good defense. If we play well defensively, then we’ll give them [Luna and Mendes] more opportunities to score. That’s the first part, and then we’ll look to them to put those chances away.”
On getting a win at Lockhart Stadium this upcoming weekend:
“They came here and beat us, and they did a good job getting their win. Now, we have to go back there and return the serve. We know it’s going to be a tough game. They aren’t a bad soccer team, and I watched their game against Tampa and they had some chances that they could have put away. We need to make sure that we aren’t on the end of their chances and we need to make sure that we put ours away.”
On keeping an eye on the Tampa Bay Rowdies and New York Cosmos:
“Yeah, I’m keeping an eye on them because they’re the team in the pole position, but Tampa isn’t going to lie down and let the Cosmos win it either. I’m fortunate because I get to see the Cosmos play another road game before they come play us here.”
“This league typically has a lot of parity, and any team could still fall to pieces. We have to make sure that we play well on the road, so when we come home to face New York, we’ll be ready because that game could mean something.”