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FC Tampa Bay at Atlanta Silverbacks soccer preview

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FC Tampa Bay at Atlanta Silverbacks

When/where: 7:30; Atlanta Silverbacks Park

Records: Tampa Bay 5-5-6 (21 points); Atlanta 2-11-3 (9 points)


Series: This is the third of four meetings. Tampa Bay earned a 1-1 draw April 30, with Mike Ambersley scoring the tying goal. In that game, Tampa Bay goalkeeper Daryl Sattler suffered a season-ending knee injury. Ambersley scored two goals in the second meeting, a 3-2 home win June 12. Aaron King's goal in the 86th minute was the winner. Silverbacks defender Willie Hunt has scored in each game of the series.

Last time out: Tampa Bay earned what might've been its best win of the year, 2-1 at then-second place Edmonton, rebounding from a 4-0 loss in its last trip to Foote Field. Tampa Bay overcame a 1-0 deficit and won on Ambersley's goal in the 71st minute. Assistant David Hayes served as head coach while Ricky Hill was away due to a death in the family. Atlanta is coming off its best road trip of the season, including a 3-2 win July 9 at Fort Lauderdale and a 2-2 draw Sunday in Montreal.

Skinny: Tampa Bay defender and team captain Frankie Sanfilippo will miss the game; he was hospitalized Thursday after suffering dehydration symptoms during practice. Sanfilippo has played all 1,440 minutes this season. … Tampa Bay is unbeaten its past four league games and past five overall (3-0-2), including the exhibition win over English Premier League team Bolton on July 14. That's the second-longest unbeaten streak in team history (it had a seven-game streak in May). … Tampa Bay has earned points in each of its past three road games (one win, two ties). … Atlanta has scored eight goals in its past three games. … Chad Burt (foot) is doubtful — he has missed the past seven league matches — and midfielder Tsuyoshi Yoshitake (hamstring) is probable. Hill will miss his second game.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

FC Tampa Bay at Atlanta Silverbacks soccer preview 07/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 8:31pm]
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