The Atlanta Silverbacks will close out their 2012 home schedule on Wednesday night when they host the San Antonio Scorpions at 7:30 p.m. at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
The Scorpions come to Atlanta for the first time since the NASL season opener on April 7, a game that finished as a scoreless draw. The league-leading Scorpions have been impressive in their first year as members of the league, and head coach Tim Hankinson’s squad will look to cap off their successful season by clinching the regular season title against the Silverbacks.
Although the Scorpions come in as the NASL’s top team, overcoming the Silverbacks won’t be easy. The Silverbacks are a completely different team since the last time they played the Scorpions, which was a 3-0 loss that represented Alex Pineda Chacón’s last game in charge.
Since then, under the guidance of Eric Wynalda and Brian Haynes, the Silverbacks have turned things around. The team has recorded four shutouts in their last six games, and has only dropped one game in their last seven outings. With the defense looking reborn and forward Matt Horth going into Wednesday with five goals in his last four games, the Silverbacks should present the Scorpions with quite the challenge.
Horth’s offensive consistency has been incredible during the second half of the season, but the Scorpions roster features a forward that has been scoring plenty of goals all season long. Pablo Campos has been dominant, scoring 19 goals this season, which is four more than Carolina’s Nick Zimmerman. The Brazilian has helped his team score a league-high 44 goals this season.
The Scorpions also boast an experienced back line that has combined to concede only 23 goals, the least amount of goals given up in the league this season.
The Silverbacks, whose late-season surge unfortunately came a little too late to remain in the playoff picture, will try to solidify their seventh-place position going into the weekend. A win over the Scorpions would mean they would officially avoid finishing at the bottom of the NASL table for the second year in a row.
The season series between the Scorpions and Silverbacks has gone in favor of the Texans, who have escaped the first three games with a pair of wins and a draw.
Tickets are still available for Wednesday night’s game, and fans can purchase them by calling 404-969-4900 or visiting atlantasilverbacks.com.