Atlanta, Ga. (June 23, 2012) – The Atlanta Silverbacks came up short against the Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-1, tonight at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. With this result, the Islanders are back on top of league standings with 23 points.
“Well, what a result! Four games in a week getting into LA Galaxy's group for the CONCACAF Champions League and for the 5th consecutive year. On top of that, traveling all the way from Trinidad yesterday an still getting those 3 points we wanted. This squad of players has been magnificent. It is not about coaching; it is all about them. NASL picks two players every week. My players all deserve to be those chosen players.” said Head Coach Adrian Whitbread.
Against the run of play, the Islanders grabbed a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from forward Nicholas Addlery in the 15th minute. Midfielder Yaw Danso burst through the midfield, and ended up receiving a return pass, which he directed towards Addlery for the goal.
The Silverbacks continued to chip away at the visiting defense, and in the 35th minute, they brought the score level. Horth was the one to find the back of the net. Midfielder Danilo Turcios played a weighted pass into the boxtowards Horth, who ran onto it and buried it into the far corner past Cody Laurendi.
In the 52nd minute, Turcios again fed Horth, who had his half-volley punched away by Laurendi. The Islanders goalkeeper was called on again in the 69th minute, this time by Silverbacks midfielder BorforCarr, but he was up to the task, blocking the Liberian’s effort out of boundsfor a corner kick.
The Islanders were boosted by the second-half introduction of forward David Foley, who immediately had an impact on the game after replacing Danso. In the 70th minute, the Englishman’s long pass over the top of the Silverbacks defense found Addlery, who dribbled in on goal to beat Silverbacks goalkeeper Daniel Illyes with a low shot to make it 2-1.
The Puerto Rico Islanders continue their NASL action Sunday July 1st when they visit FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium. Fans can watch the game at the Islanders Watch Party in Coladas Fine Puerto Rican Cuisine and Frozen Drink Bar at Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde since 3:30. pm. We hope to see you all there!