ATLANTA — FC Tampa Bay's unbeaten streak ended Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Atlanta, the NASL's last-place team, at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
Tampa Bay (5-6-6) came in undefeated in its past four league games and five overall, including an exhibition win over Bolton of the English Premier League. But Tampa Bay, which erased a 1-0 deficit in its last game, a 2-1 win July 17 at Edmonton, could not come back from a 2-0 hole after 41 minutes against Atlanta.
Aaron King scored for the fourth straight game for Tampa Bay, on a shot that deflected off of Silverbacks defender Mattias Schnorf in the 43rd minute. Mike Ambersley, Tampa Bay's leading scorer with eight goals, had an assist. King earned his fourth consecutive start after being a frequent substitute in the first part of the season.
Ciaran O'Brien gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead in the 41st minute on a header off of a throw-in. Atlanta (3-11-3), which extended its unbeaten run to a season-high three in its first year since re-entering the Division 2 league, went ahead in the seventh minute on Junior Savdoval's goal.
Tampa Bay was missing defender and captain Frankie Sanfilippo, who was hospitalized Thursday after suffering dehydration symptoms. Sanfilippo had played all 1,440 minutes this season.