The Atlanta Silverbacks played to a 1-1 draw against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in front of a crowd of 3,261 Saturday night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
Missing several players due to injury and red card suspensions, the Silverbacks withstood constant pressure from the Rowdies attack in the opening stages of the game. The Rowdies appeared to have taken the lead in the 14th minute when forward Tsuyoshi Yoshitake put a ball into the net from eight yards out. The Japanese veteran was whistled for offsides, however, keeping the game scoreless.
After a pair of scoring chances from Rowdies forward Matt Clare, it was the Silverbacks who nearly opened the scoring in the 39th minute. Midfielder Shane Moroney dribbled into the middle and fired a bending shot just wide of the far post.
The home team created another quality chance in the 66th minute when midfielder