The Atlanta Silverbacks fell to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 5-3 Friday night in an action-packed game at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Silverbacks Interim Head Coach Eric Wynalda fielded a lineup that featured several changes from last week’s squad that fell to FC Edmonton in Atlanta. Goalkeeper Daniel Illyes, defender Beto Navarro, midfielders Milton Blanco, Danny Barrera, and Paulo Mendes and forward Pedro Mendes were all drafted into the starting lineup against the Strikers on Friday night.
The visiting lineup didn’t seem to matter much to the hosts as the Strikers took the lead within the first five minutes. Silverbacks defender Andrew Duran lost the ball in the back, giving Strikers forward Mark Anderson an opportunity to feed forward Paulo Araujo Jr., who curled an impressive finish past a diving Daniel Illyes for a 1-0 lead.
The home team doubled their advantage in