FC Edmonton Media
August 18, 2013, Edmonton AB (ISN) – After an entertaining Saturday in the NASL that saw the teams separate in the standings, FC Edmonton were ready to take on Spring Champions Atlanta Silverbacks in front of a home crowd at Clarke Stadium.
It took 10 minutes for the teams to feel each other out – and it was the Silverbacks that earned the first chance of the half. Atlanta midfielder Richie Menjivar took a shot from 20-yards out that dipped just over the bar and out of FCE goalkeeper Lance Parker’s reach and finally out for a goal kick.
The Eddies reciprocated the play when forward Corey Hertzog jumped bravely for the ball in front of the visiting teams net to beat ‘keeper Joe Nasco with the header. However, instead of FC Edmonton taking the lead, the goal was called offside and the game remained scoreless.
FC Edmonton earned their second close call of the half in the 29th minute when Hertzog played a nice layoff to Shaun Saiko – whose first shot was saved by Nasco and then played his own rebound volley just wide of the net.
“I think it’s a cracking game with two teams committed to winning it,” said FCE Head Coach Colin Miller at the half. “Atlanta had chances early on and I think we have weathered the storm and if we continue to defend as well as we have and keep the pace up, we can ask some questions of the Atlanta defense.”
FC Edmonton and Atlanta Silverbacks headed to the locker room with 0-0 scoreline.
Not settling for the scoreless draw – both teams came out of the locker room looking for the full three points.
It was Atlanta that broke the deadlock first in the 48th minute – after forward Danny Barrera played the through ball to Horace James to took a touch with no defenders around him and then fired it by Parker in the Eddies net.
FC Edmonton responded with a free kick taken by Neil Hlavaty in the 69th minute that allowed Chris Nurse to head it into the net passed Nasco to bring the home side level 1-1.
The goal spurred the Eddies to several more opportunities in front of net, but Nasco made save after save to keep the game tied 1-1 into the final whistle.
“I thought we had to dig deep because it’s a very talented Atlanta team and they looked dangerous on the counter attack,” said Colin Miller after the match. “I thought overall we could have won the game with the chances we had. I’m pleased with the response of the players after we went a goal down.”
The Eddies travel down to St Petersburg to battle against the Tampa Bay Rowdies next Saturday (5:30pm MT KO) before returning for another home match versus the New York Cosmos on September 1, 2013 (2pm MT KO).