The Atlanta Silverbacks lost 2-1 tonight against the Seattle Sounders after the Sounders finished a penalty kick during stoppage time to take the one-goal lead. Atlanta remains in the playoff hunt but has a must-win game tomorrow against the Vancouver Whitecaps. In addition to needing to beat Vancouver, Atlanta will need Miami to beat Puerto Rico in order for the 'Backs to get a spot in the playoffs.
"I think we had some great chances to score and it was a great game overall. We deserved to come away with at least a point. I think the referee made some extremely questionable calls leading up to the final penalty kick," commented Head Coach Jason Smith.
Tonight's match was incredibly important for both team's hunt for the playoffs, this led to an intense, aggressive match with lots of fouls and yellow cards. Seattle had to win to stay alive and Atlanta needed the three points as a cushion before heading into their game tomorrow against the Whitecaps. Seattle opened scoring in the 41st minute when Maykel Galindo put the home team up 1-0. Just four minutes later, Atlanta's David Hayes finished a penalty kick to even the score before heading into halftime.
The game remained tied for almost the entire second half. The Sounders had to play a man down for the final minutes of the game after Roger Levesque received his second yellow of the match and was ejected from the game in the 86th minute. Despite playing a man up, the Silverbacks couldn't find the back of the net. The referee awarded Seattle a penalty kick during stoppage time and Andrew Gregor scored the game winner for the Sounders. During the last two minutes of play after the penalty kick, Tony McManus received a red card and was ejected from the game. He will be unable to play in tomorrow's game.
The Silverbacks will take on the USL fourth-place team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, tomorrow night at 10:00 pm EST. Visit www.atlantasilverbacks.com for the latest information on the Silverbacks hunt for playoffs.
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