06 August 2008

Silverbacks Top Vancouver - Keep Climbing the Table

The Atlanta Silverbacks continued their climb out of the middle of the table last night with a solid victory over league leading Vancouver Whitecaps. 1,941 brave fans faced the humid, 90+ degree temps to cheer on the Backs as the streaking home town boys did not disappoint.

The Silverbacks started the affair in the hole by giving up the first goal to Vancouver in the 31st minute on a Luca Bellisomo header, but perhaps that was the wake up call they needed as they equalized six minutes later with a Tony McManus strike.

Atlanta made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when rising star Macoumba Kandji single-handedly dribbled through four Whitecap defenders and slotted the ball home.

By the way, care to make any bets on how long Kandji stays in USL football? Apparently his performances are becoming more and more impressive and if the young Senegalese striker continues to perform, his tenure in Atlanta and indeed the USL, will be deservedly limited.

The Silverbacks went up 3-1 in the 64th minute, but this time Kandji played the role of assister to an onrushing Jerson Monteiro.

The Whitecaps are not sitting at the top of the table for no reason, and continued to press the Backs. Admir Salihovic scored in the 79th minute to make things interesting but the Silverbacks held and the match concluded at 3-2.

Atlanta is now sitting in fourth position behind Vancouver, Charleston, and Puerto Rico.

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