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Strikers Fail to Gain Ground in Atlanta Loss

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (9W-8T-10L) fell to the Atlanta Silverbacks (6W-8T-12L) by a final of 1-0 on Saturday, Sept. 15. The game-winning goal came from Atlanta forward Matt Horth in the 11th minute of the match. The Strikers remain in fifth place in the NASL standings despite the loss. Fort Lauderdale completes their regular season schedule on Sunday, Sept. 23, against FC Edmonton.

The Strikers started the match with a few early chances, but failed to directly challenge Atlanta goalkeeper Joe Nasco. Then, in the 11th minute, a turnover near midfield put the ball on the feet of Lucas Paulini. The Atlanta midfielder turned and found forward Matt Horth who was streaking near the top right corner of the penalty area. Instead of shooting toward the far post, Horth placed his shot low and just inside the near post to beat a flat-footed Glaeser.

Coming out of halftime, the Strikers were able to maintain some pressure on the Silverbacks. In the 52nd minute the Strikers put the ball in the net, but Darnell King was ruled to be in an offside position. The next best chance for Fort Lauderdale came in the 61st minute when defender Lance Laing sent a long ball toward the Atlanta net. The ball went over the head of Nasco and bounced just wide of the goal.

In the 74th minute, Fort Lauderdale's Alfonso Motagalvan was issued a yellow card, followed by a red card for dissent after a foul called on a Striker in the Atlanta penalty area. The 10-man Strikers were able to produce perhaps their best chance of the game in the 90th minute on a half-volley attempt by second half substitution Scott Lorenz, but it failed to find the back of the net.

The Strikers will travel to Canada to play their final regular season game against FC Edmonton on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 4:05pm EDT.