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Game preview: FC Tampa Bay at Atlanta Silverbacks


FC Tampa Bay at Atlanta

When/where: 7:30; Atlanta Silverbacks Park

Records: Tampa Bay 6-6-6 (24 points); Atlanta 3-12-3 (12)


Series: This is the last of four meetings, with the teams even at 1-1-1. The Silverbacks won 2-1 at home on July 23, snapping Tampa Bay's four-match unbeaten streak. Tampa Bay earned a 1-1 tie at home on April 30, and Mike Ambersley scored two goals in a 3-2 home win June 12.

Last time out: Tampa Bay earned a 3-1 home win over Edmonton on July 27, getting second-half goals from Shane Hill and Pascal Millien. Atlanta lost 1-0 to first-place Carolina on July 30 in a game called after 50 minutes and three weather delays.

Skinny: Aaron King, who scored in all five league games in July, was named the NASL's player of the month. … For Tampa Bay, this is the first game of a stretch of three in eight days with the first two on the road, including Wednesday against Montreal. With 10 regular-season games remaining, Tampa Bay sits fifth, trailing Edmonton and Minnesota by one point. … Tampa Bay defender and captain Frankie Sanfilippo, who was hospitalized (dehydration) before the previous Atlanta game, returned to practice this week and is probable. Midfielder Chad Burt (foot) is questionable, and midfielder Jeremy Christie (hip surgery) returned to practice this week but is out. … The Silverbacks have allowed a league-high 38 goals in 18 games but only one in each of their past two. … Former Gaither High and USF standout Fernando Gonzalez, an injured midfielder for Atlanta, was recently selected to Puerto Rico's national team for World Cup qualifying.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Game preview: FC Tampa Bay at Atlanta Silverbacks 08/05/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2011 8:17pm]
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