Atlanta, GA (July 7th, 2018) – The Atlanta Silverbacks Football Club concludes its 2018 NPSL regular season campaign Sunday night at 8:00 PM as they host Chattanooga FC at Silverbacks Park.
Chattanooga FC wrapped up the 2018 NPSL Southeast Conference regular season title Friday night with a dominant 3-0 victory over Georgia Revolution in McDonough. The result cemented a notion the entire conference knew: in a tight league race, CFC was always an inch ahead of the rest. The victory ensures Chattanooga a first-round bye, kicking off their postseason play Thursday night at Finley Stadium in one of two semifinals. The road to the Southeast Conference championship will run through Chattanooga.
After clinching the regular season title, the question remains as to whether CFC will field their usual starters Sunday night in Atlanta or choose to avoid injury risk before Thursday’s semifinal.
In addition to CFC’s 3-0 win at Georgia Revolution Friday night, Atlanta earned a 5-3 victory Saturday night at home against Emerald Force SC. The win secured the second seed for the Silverbacks and locks in all six playoff teams in the NPSL Southeast Conference Playoff. The interesting point for Sunday’s match now is how each team will manage their energy and rosters. Both teams are coming off of weekend matches and host a semifinal this coming Thursday. The only incentives Sunday evening are feeling each other out for a potential championship rematch and earning points to increase overall points per game. This is used to determine home field advantage beyond the conference playoffs.
It has been no secret that Chattanooga FC has been the class of a very competitive NPSL Southeast Conference most of the season. They are tied for the most goals scored per game (2.15 – Atlanta) and lead the league in fewest goals allowed, both per match (1.08) and total (14).
Atlanta feels more confident than they have through most of this NPSL season with the playoffs approaching. They are tied for the league lead in scoring, having just posted five goals in Saturday’s effort. They trail only CFC and New Orleans in goals allowed (1.54 GA/G). A question for Atlanta will be at the goalkeeper position. Starter Theo Blachon left Saturday night’s match with a right knee injury, being relieved by Bryce Billington.
Both squads will have a mixture of regular starters and reserves in anticipation of Thursday’s semifinals. Expect to see a competitive match, regardless of the circumstances.
There are a few local hotspots in northeast Atlanta to dine before Sunday night’s match.
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Once inside the stadium, stop by the Extra Time Bar & Grill for cold drinks and great food. The bar & grill will be open throughout the match. Also find refreshments at kiosks at the top of the seating area.
Stay tuned to Silverbacks social media and this website for more info on the upcoming NPSL Southeast Playoffs!