2014 Atlanta Silverbacks season

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Atlanta Silverbacks
2014 season
Manager Alejandro Pombo
Stadium Atlanta Silverbacks Park
Spring 8th
Fall 9th
Playoffs TBD
Open Cup Quarterfinals
Top goalscorer League:
Jaime Chavez (8)

All:
Jaime Chavez (11)
Highest home attendance 5,327
(July 9 v. Chicago)
Lowest home attendance 3,011
(July 19 v. Edmonton)
Average home league attendance 4,447
Home colors
Away colors

The 2014 season was the Atlanta Silverbacks' 18th season of existence, and their 4th consecutive season playing in the North American Soccer League, the second division of the American soccer pyramid.

Background[edit]

The Atlanta Silverbacks had a long run in 2013. In the Spring Season, they finished first place and booked their ticket to host the Soccer Bowl. They finished seventh in the fall season, but still were in the final match to decide the NASL Champion. The Silverbacks lost 1-0 to the New York Cosmos in the 2013 Soccer Bowl.

They had close results in the U.S. Open Cup, winning their first match against fourth division opponent Georgia Revolution 3-2. Then losing to MLS side Real Salt Lake 2-3 in overtime a week later.

On December 9, 2013 first-year head coach Brian Haynes was not given a contract extension, leaving the Silverbacks without a head coach.

On January 7, the Silverbacks announced that they would completely eliminate the head coaching position, and have technical director, Eric Wynalda, manage the team. Wynalda has the most professional experience of the club staff as he played in the MLS, Germany, and Mexico for 20 years. Wynalda also has 106 US National Team caps, and is third on the countries all-time scoring list with 34 goals.


Club[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of October 1, 2014[1]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Espinoza, EdgarEdgar Espinoza  United States
5 Midfielder Gavin, BlairBlair Gavin  United States
7 Midfielder Sandoval, JuniorJunior Sandoval  Honduras
8 Defender Canovas, RamiroRamiro Canovas  Argentina
9 Forward McCaulay, DeonDeon McCaulay  Belize
10 Midfielder Poku, KwadwoKwadwo Poku  Ghana
11 Midfielder Cruz, PabloPablo Cruz  United States
12 Goalkeeper Hunter, ThomasThomas Hunter  United States
13 Midfielder Carr, BorforBorfor Carr  Liberia
14 Midfielder Paulini, LucasLucas Paulini  Argentina
15 Defender Bangura, AbdulAbdul Bangura  Sierra Leone
16 Goalkeeper Ati, EricEric Ati  Cameroon
17 Midfielder Poltronieri, BrandonBrandon Poltronieri  Costa Rica
18 Defender Garcia, MitchMitch Garcia  United States
19 Forward Chavez, JaimeJaime Chavez  United States
20 Midfielder Rivera, JannyJanny Rivera  Colombia
21 Forward Gulley, KellenKellen Gulley  United States
23 Midfielder Ferreira-Mendes, PauloPaulo Ferreira-Mendes  Brazil
25 Midfielder Sousa, FerretyFerrety Sousa  Democratic Republic of the Congo
29 Defender Randolph, MikeMike Randolph (captain)  United States
33 Midfielder Burgos, JuniorJunior Burgos  El Salvador
38 Defender Roushandel, RyanRyan Roushandel  United States
45 Midfielder Harlley, AlexAlex Harlley  Togo
70 Midfielder Gonzalez, JesusJesus Gonzalez  United States
99 Forward Bangura, ShakaShaka Bangura  Sierra Leone

On loan[edit]

Technical Staff[edit]

  • United States Jason SmithHead Coach
  • United States Eric WynaldaTechnical Director
  • Costa Rica Ricardo Montoya – Assistant Coach
  • Uruguay Alejandro Pombo – Assistant Coach
  • Peru Eduardo "Lalo" Liza – Assistant Coach
  • Colombia Juan Castellanos – Fitness Coach

Front Office Staff[edit]

  • Croatia Boris JerkunicaChairman
  • United States John Latham – Vice-Chairman
  • United States Andy Smith – General Manager
  • United States Neal Malone – Marketing and PR Manager"
  • United States Michael Wheeler – Account Executive
  • United States Kaila Muecke – Account Executive
  • United States Malcolm Johnson – Account Executive
  • United States Pete Zeskind – Account Executive
  • United States Nathan Charlton – Operations Manager
  • United States Samantha Yourstone – Event Marketing Coordinator

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee
20 January 2014 FW United States Matt Horth United States New England Revolution None[2]
23 January 2014 MF Honduras Junior Sandoval Honduras C.D. Marathón None[3]
24 January 2014 MF Ghana Kwadwo Poku United States Georgia Revolution None[4]
31 January 2014 MF United States Blair Gavin United States Seattle Sounders None[5]
4 February 2014 MF Argentina Lucas Paulini United States Atlanta Silverbacks Re-sign[6]
25 February 2014 FW Belize Deon McCaulay Belize Belmopan Bandits None[7]
26 February 2014 GK El Salvador Derby Carrillo El Salvador Santa Tecla None[8]
26 February 2014 MF El Salvador Junior Burgos Canada Toronto FC None[9]
27 February 2014 GK Cameroon Eric Ati United States Atlanta Silverbacks Re-sign[10]
27 February 2014 DF United States Mitch Garcia United States Vermont Voltage None[11]
28 February 2014 DF Sierra Leone Abdul Bangura Sweden Härnösands FF None[12]
3 March 2014 DF Argentina Ramiro Canovas United States Silverbacks Reserves None[13]
6 March 2014 DF United States Edgar Espinoza United States Los Angeles Misioneros None[14]
6 March 2014 MF Colombia Janny Rivera United States Silverbacks Reserves None[15]
6 March 2014 MF Togo Alex Harlley United States FC Santa Clarita None[16]
9 April 2014 FW United States Jaime Chavez United States Los Angeles Misioneros None[17]
18 April 2014 DF United States Ryan Roushandel Puerto Rico Sevilla PR None[18]
25 April 2014 MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Ferrety Sousa United States Atlanta Silverbacks Re-sign[19]
1 May 2014 GK United States Thomas Hunter United States Chattanooga FC None[20]
1 May 2014 GK Republic of Ireland Chip Sanders United States Orlando City U-23 None[21]
7 July 2014 FW United States Kellen Gulley United States Chicago Fire None[22]
7 August 2014 MF Costa Rica Brandon Poltronieri Costa Rica Carmelita None[23]
5 September 2014 MF Brazil Paulo Ferreira-Mendes United States New York Cosmos None[24]
30 September 2014 FW Sierra Leone Shaka Bangura Indonesia Barito Putera None[25]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name New Club Fee
9 November 2013 DF Peru Eduardo Liza Retired
29 November 2013 DF United States Mark Bloom Canada Toronto FC Undisclosed[26]
10 December 2013 MF United States Milton Blanco Canada FC Edmonton Free[27]
10 December 2013 FW Brazil Pedro Ferreira-Mendes United States Indy Eleven Free[28]
10 December 2013 MF United States Danny Barrera United States San Antonio Scorpions Free[29]
10 December 2013 MF United States Mark Withers United States Dallas Sidekicks (Indoor) Free[30]
10 December 2013 MF United States Brandon Manzonelli United States St. Louis Ambush (Indoor) Free[31]
10 December 2013 DF England Martyn Lancaster Retired
10 December 2013 DF United States Willie Hunt United States Tampa Bay Rowdies Free[32]
10 December 2013 FW United States Brad Stisser United States Arizona United SC Free[33]
10 December 2013 GK United States Cody Mizell United States Tampa Bay Rowdies Free[34]
13 January 2014 FW United States Kellen Gulley United States Chicago Fire Free[35]
24 January 2014 MF Jamaica Horace James Canada FC Edmonton Released[36]
4 February 2014 MF El Salvador Richard Menjivar United States San Antonio Scorpions Free[37]
7 February 2014 FW United States Matt Horth Iceland Leiknir Reykjavík Undisclosed[38]
12 February 2014 GK United States Joe Nasco United States Colorado Rapids Free[39]
5 March 2014 MF United States Mario Uribe Free Agent Released[40]
9 April 2014 DF United States Josh Suggs United States Orange County Blues Released[41]
9 April 2014 MF United States Scott Rojo Free Agent Released[42]
28 April 2014 FW United States David Estrada United States Seattle Sounders Loan Return[43]
10 May 2014 GK Republic of Ireland Chip Sanders Free Agent Released[44]
10 May 2014 MF Colombia Alex Caceres Free Agent Released[45]
30 June 2014 DF United States Bobby Reiss Retired[46]
12 July 2014 DF United States Beto Navarro Canada FC Edmonton Undisclosed[47]
5 August 2014 GK El Salvador Derby Carillo El Salvador Santa Tecla Released[48]

Loan In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Until
3 April 2014 FW United States David Estrada United States Seattle Sounders 28 April 2013[49]
15 July 2014 GK United States Joe Nasco United States Colorado Rapids 9 August 2014[50]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Time
2 March 2014 Clayton State Lakers H 2–1 Kwadwo Poku x2 4:00 PM EST
15 March 2014 Charlotte Eagles H 0–1 4:00 PM EST
21 March 2014 UAB Blazers A 3–0 Deon McCaulay, Lucas Paulini, Edgar Espinoza 8:00 PM EST
23 March 2014 AUM Warhawks N 3–0 Bobby Reiss, Edgar Espinoza, Junior Burgos 3:00 PM EST
29 March 2014 Young Harris Lions H 4–1 Deon McCaulay x3, Kwadwo Poku 4:00 PM EST
30 March 2014 USC Gamecocks H 0–0 3:00 PM EST
5 April 2014 Clemson Tigers H 2–2 Kwadwo Poku, Junior Sandoval 5:00 PM EST
6 April 2014 Carson–Newman Eagles H 4–2 Blair Gavin, Junior Burgos x2, David Estrada 3:00 PM EST

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started Round Current Position Final Position First Match Last Match
Spring Season - - 8th April 13, 2014 June 7, 2014
Fall Season - 9th - July 12, 2014 November 2, 2014
U.S. Open Cup 3rd Round - Quarterfinals May 28, 2014 July 9, 2014
NASL Playoffs - - - - -

NASL[edit]

Spring season[edit]

Table[edit]
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1 Minnesota United (C) 9 6 2 1 16 9 +7 20 2014 NASL Spring Season Winner
2 New York Cosmos 9 6 1 2 14 3 +11 19  
3 San Antonio Scorpions 9 5 2 2 13 9 +4 17
4 Carolina RailHawks 9 4 2 3 11 15 −4 14
5 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 9 4 1 4 18 18 0 13
6 Ottawa Fury 9 3 1 5 14 13 +1 10
7 Tampa Bay Rowdies 9 2 4 3 11 16 −5 10
8 Atlanta Silverbacks 9 3 1 5 12 20 −8 10
9 Edmonton 9 2 2 5 11 11 0 8
10 Indy Eleven 9 0 4 5 14 20 −6 4

Source: [1]
(C) = Season Champion; (H) = Will host the Soccer Bowl; (SB) = Qualified for the Soccer Bowl; (WC) = Woosnam Cup Winner
(ES) = Eliminated from the Season Championship; (EB) = Eliminated from Soccer Bowl Contention; (EW) = Eliminated from Woosnam Cup Contention
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
Standings updated as of June 8, 2014

Results summary[edit]
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
9 3 1 5 12 20  −8 10 1 1 2 7 8  −1 2 0 3 5 12  −7

Last updated: 7 June 2014.
Source:[citation needed]

Results by round[edit]
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Ground A H A H A A A H H
Result L L W W L L W L D
Position 10 10 7 6 7 8 7 8 8
Last updated: 7 June 2014.
Source: Spring season 2014 results

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

Fall season[edit]

Table[edit]
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or qualification
1 San Antonio Scorpions (C) 18 11 2 5 30 15 +15 35 2014 NASL Fall Season Winner
2 Minnesota United 18 10 5 3 31 19 +12 35  
3 Edmonton 18 8 5 5 23 18 +5 29
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 18 7 6 5 20 21 −1 27
5 Carolina RailHawks 18 7 3 8 27 28 −1 24
6 New York Cosmos 18 5 8 5 23 24 −1 23
7 Indy Eleven 18 6 5 7 21 26 −5 23
8 Tampa Bay Rowdies 18 5 5 8 25 34 −9 20
9 Ottawa Fury 18 4 5 9 20 25 −5 17
10 Atlanta Silverbacks 18 3 4 11 20 30 −10 13

Source: [2]
(C) = Season Champion; (H) = Will host the Soccer Bowl; (SB) = Qualified for the Soccer Bowl; (WC) = Woosnam Cup Winner
(ES) = Eliminated from the Season Championship; (EB) = Eliminated from Soccer Bowl Contention; (EW) = Eliminated from Woosnam Cup Contention
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
Standings updated as of November 2, 2014

Results summary[edit]
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
18 3 4 11 20 28  −8 13 1 3 5 7 12  −5 2 1 6 13 16  −3

Source: Fall season 2014 results

Results by round[edit]
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Ground A H H A H A A A H A H H A A H H H A
Result L W D W L D L W L L
Position 7 5 5 3 6 5 8 5 8 9
Last updated: August 2014.
Source: Fall season 2014 results

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

US Open Cup[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

The Championship will be contested by the winners of the spring and fall seasons hosting the next best two teams in the full year regular season table. The semi-finals will take place on November 8 and 9, with the two winners of the two games playing in the Championship game hosted by the team with the best overall regular season record, on November 15.

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with no appearances not included in the list.
Last updated on 1 October 2014
No. Pos. Nat. Name Spring Fall Open Cup Total
Apps Apps Apps Apps
2 DF  USA Edgar Espinoza 6 8 0 14
5 MF  USA Blair Gavin 6 12 4 22
7 MF  HON Junior Sandoval 8 12 4 24
8 DF  ARG Ramiro Canovas 2 (1) 6 (4) 3 11 (5)
9 FW  BLZ Deon McCaulay 8 (1) 2 (2) 2 (2) 12 (5)
10 MF  GHA Kwadwo Poku 6 (3) 11 (2) 3 20 (5)
11 MF  USA Pablo Cruz 3 (3) 10 (1) 3 16 (4)
12 GK  USA Thomas Hunter 0 (1) 0 0 0 (1)
13 MF  LBR Borfor Carr 1 (1) 6 (2) 2 (1) 9 (4)
14 MF  ARG Lucas Paulini 1 (1) 4 (4) 0 5 (5)
15 DF  SLE Abdul Bangura 2 (1) 3 0 (1) 5 (2)
16 GK  CMR Eric Ati 6 (1) 8 1 15 (1)
18 MF  USA Mitch Garcia 1 1 0 (1) 2 (1)
19 FW  USA Jaime Chavez 6 (3) 13 3 22 (3)
20 MF  COL Janny Rivera 2 (1) 3 (1) 0 5 (2)
21 FW  USA Kellen Gulley 0 0 (2) 0 (1) 0 (3)
25 MF  COD Ferrety Sousa 0 (1) 3 (3) 1 4 (4)
29 DF  USA Mike Randolph 8 9 4 21
33 MF  SLV Junior Burgos 3 (3) 7 (2) 4 14 (5)
38 DF  USA Ryan Roushandel 7 (1) 12 1 20 (1)
45 MF  TOG Alex Harlley 1 (2) 4 (8) 0 (4) 5 (14)
70 MF  USA Jesus Gonzalez 6 (1) 4 (7) 1 (2) 11 (10)
99 FW  SLE Shaka Bangura 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1)
Players below are no longer on roster
3 MF  USA David Estrada 2 (1) - - 2 (1)
4 DF  USA Bobby Reiss 8 - 2 10
6 DF  USA Beto Navarro 3 - 3 6
22 GK  SLV Derby Carrillo 3 1 3 7
23 GK  USA Joe Nasco 0 4 0 4

Goalscorers[edit]

This includes all competitive matches.

Last updated on 20 September 2014
Rank No. Pos. Name Spring Fall Open Cup Total
1 19 FW Jaime Chavez 5 3 3 11
2 7 MF Junior Sandoval 2 4 1 7
3 33 MF Junior Burgos 0 3 3 6
4 9 FW Deon McCaulay 2 1 2 5
5 11 MF Pablo Cruz 1 3 0 4
6 10 MF Kwadwo Poku 2 0 1 3
7 5 MF Blair Gavin 0 1 0 1
38 DF Ryan Roushandel 0 1 0 1
TOTALS 12 16 10 38

Clean sheets[edit]

This includes all competitive matches.

Last updated on 20 September 2014
Rank No. Pos. Name Spring Fall Open Cup Total
1 16 GK Eric Ati 0 1 1 2
2 23 GK Joe Nasco 0 1 0 1
3 12 GK Thomas Hunter 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 0 2 1 3

Disciplinary record[edit]

This includes all competitive matches.

Last updated on 1 October 2014
No. Pos. Player Spring Fall Open Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
2 DF Edgar Espinoza 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
5 MF Blair Gavin 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 0
7 MF Junior Sandoval 0 0 4 1 1 0 5 1
8 DF Ramiro Canovas 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
9 FW Deon McCaulay 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
10 MF Kwadwo Poku 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 1
11 MF Pablo Cruz 1 0 3 1 0 0 4 1
13 MF Borfor Carr 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
14 MF Lucas Paulini 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 DF Abdul Bangura 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
16 GK Eric Ati 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
18 MF Mitch Garcia 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
19 FW Jaime Chavez 3 0 3 0 0 1 6 1
20 MF Janny Rivera 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
25 MF Ferrety Sousa 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
29 DF Mike Randolph 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
33 MF Junior Burgos 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1
38 DF Ryan Roushandel 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
45 MF Alex Harlley 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
70 MF Jesus Gonzalez 3 0 2 0 0 1 5 1
Players below are no longer on roster
3 FW David Estrada 1 0 - - - - 1 0
4 DF Bobby Reiss 3 0 - - 0 0 3 0
22 GK Derby Carrillo 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 GK Joe Nasco 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
TOTALS 23 1 24 2 7 4 53 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roster". 
  2. ^ "Matt Horth Returns to Atlanta". 
  3. ^ "Sandoval joins Silverbacks". 
  4. ^ "Silverbacks sign Ghanaian striker Poku". 
  5. ^ "Silverbacks add experienced midfielder Gavin". 
  6. ^ "Paulini returns to Atlanta". 
  7. ^ "Silverbacks sign WCQ leading goal scorer". 
  8. ^ "Silverbacks sign El Salvador international GK scorer". 
  9. ^ "Silverbacks sing former Toronto FC midfielder scorer". 
  10. ^ "Silverbacks resign goalkeeper Ati". 
  11. ^ "Silverbacks sign defender Garcia". 
  12. ^ "Silverbacks add Sierra Leonean defender Ati". 
  13. ^ "Silverbacks sign Ramiro Canovas Ati". 
  14. ^ "Silverbacks sign 3 new players to make roster 23 Ati". 
  15. ^ "Silverbacks sign 3 new players to make roster 23 Ati". 
  16. ^ "Silverbacks sign 3 new players to make roster 23 Ati". 
  17. ^ "Silverbacks ink another forward". 
  18. ^ "Silverbacks Silverbacks sign Roushandel, add depth to back line". 
  19. ^ "Silverbacks add midfielder Ferrety Sousa". 
  20. ^ "Silverbacks add midfielder Ferrety Sousa". 
  21. ^ "Silverbacks add midfielder Ferrety Sousa". 
  22. ^ "Silverbacks add familiar face Gulley". 
  23. ^ "Costa Rican midfielder". 
  24. ^ "Silverbacks bring back Paulo". 
  25. ^ "Silverbacks sign Shaka". 
  26. ^ "Reds exercise options on 12 players". 
  27. ^ "Edmonton signs Blanco". 
  28. ^ "Newest edition Mendes to Eleven". 
  29. ^ "Barrera to Scorpions". 
  30. ^ "Withers signs with pro indoor club Sidekicks". 
  31. ^ "Manzonelli signs with indoor Ambush". 
  32. ^ "Rowdies sign Hunt". 
  33. ^ "AZ United welcomes Brad Stisser through tweet". 
  34. ^ "Rowdies sign Mizell". 
  35. ^ "Fire resign Kellen Gulley". 
  36. ^ "Silverbacks sign Poku, part ways with James". 
  37. ^ "El Salvador international signs with Scorpions". 
  38. ^ "Horth joins Icelandic club". 
  39. ^ "Rapids sign Nasco and Watts". 
  40. ^ "Silverbacks release Uribe". 
  41. ^ "Silverbacks release Suggs + Rojo". 
  42. ^ "Silverbacks release Suggs + Rojo". 
  43. ^ "Sounders recall Estrada". 
  44. ^ "Silverbacks stumble, release Sanders and Caceres". 
  45. ^ "Silverbacks stumble, release Sanders and Caceres". 
  46. ^ "Defender Reiss steps away from soccer". 
  47. ^ "Navarro transferred to FC Edmonton". 
  48. ^ "Carillo released". 
  49. ^ "Sounders loan David Estrada to Silverbacks". 
  50. ^ "Rapids loan Nasco for remainder of season".