The Atlanta Silverbacks will look to get off on the right foot under new interim head coach Eric Wynalda when they meet the Carolina RailHawks at 7 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The Silverbacks(1-5-8), who are in the midst of a three-game road trip, are trying to get back on track after a 3-0 loss to the San Antonio Scorpions last Saturday night. Pablo Campos led the way for the Scorpions, netting two goals in what was Alex Pineda Chacón’s last game in charge of the Atlanta Silverbacks.
The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind for the Silverbacks, who now have new direction in the form of U.S. legend Wynalda. The 43-year-old takes over after leading Cal FC, an amateur side, past a pair of professional teams in the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Tonight’s game against the RailHawks (4-5-5) will be Wynalda’s first at the helm of a professional side.
The RailHawks are also coming off a loss, falling 2-1 on the road to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers last weekend. Strikers forward Mark Anderson notched a pair of goals, which were too much for the RailHawks, who sit in sixth place in the NASL standings.
Midfielder/forward Nick Zimmerman has a history of solid performances against the Silverbacks in recent years, and he’s coming off a goal just last weekend in Fort Lauderdale. The Silverbacks defense, boosted by the season-long loan arrival of Andrew Duran, will need to contain Zimmerman and the rest of a RailHawks attack that features several former MLS goalscorers including Jason Garey and Zack Schilawski.
The last time these two teams met in Cary, it was a thriller that ended in a 4-4 draw. Chilean forward Reinaldo Navia netted two goals against the RailHawks in that game, and the Silverbacks overcame a second-half red card to earn a point on the road.
The Silverbacks’ long week continues after their game in Carolina, as they head to Minnesota this Saturday to take on Minnesota Stars FC. Tonight’s game can be seen live online at atlantasilverbacks.com/live and on local television in the Raleigh-Durham area on WRAL.