2011 Atlanta Silverbacks season

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Atlanta Silverbacks
2011 season
OwnersBoris Jerkunica
John Latham
Head CoachJosé Manuel Abundis
StadiumAtlanta Silverbacks Park
NASL8th
PlayoffsDid not qualify
U.S. Open CupDenied entry
Top goalscorerMatt Horth (6)
Highest home attendance3,543 vs. MIN
(Apr 9, 2011)
Lowest home attendance2,328 vs. CAR
(June 25, 2011)
Average home league attendance2,866[1]
← 2008
2012 →

The 2011 Atlanta Silverback season was the club's fifteenth year of existence, and their first year in the North American Soccer League (NASL). It's the team's first year back after a two-year hiatus from competitive play.[2]

On January 25, the Silverbacks announced their full schedule in the NASL. The Silverbacks will host each NASL opponent twice over the course of the season.[3]

On March 8, the Silverbacks announced three preseason games against Southern Polytechnic State University, Georgia State University and Clayton State University.[4] All three games resulted in a scoreless tie.[5]

Background[edit]

The 2011 season marked the Silverbacks return to American soccer following a two-year hiatus, that did not see the organization field a senior men's team throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons.[6]

Review[edit]

The return season was arguably an abysmal campaign for the Silverbacks, as the club lost 20 of its 28 regular season matches, drawing and winning four matches apiece. During the regular season, the Silverbacks were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with seven weeks left in the NASL regular season. José Manuel Abundis, then the head coach, was fired following the season replaced by then-assistant coach, Alex Pineda Chacón, whom played for the Silverbacks from 2003–04. The announcement came on November 7, 2011.[7]

Club[edit]

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Mexico GK Felipe Quintero
2 United States DF Tyler Ruthven
3 United States DF Shane Moroney
4 United States DF Patrick Robertson
5 United States MF Ciaran O'Brien
6 United States MF Jordan Davis
7 United States MF Jose Parada
10 Argentina MF Lucas Paulini
12 Puerto Rico MF Fernando González
13 United States DF Willie Hunt
14 United States MF Nico Colaluca
14 Mexico DF Mario Pérez Zúñiga
No. Position Player
15 Japan DF Kohei Matsushita
16 United States DF Josh Casarona
17 Liberia MF Moussa Toure
18 United States FW Matt Horth
19 Scotland MF Grant Kerr
20 United States GK Jimmy Maurer
21 United States MF Raphael Cox
22 United States FW Jon Cox
23 Switzerland DF Mattias Schnorf
25 United States FW Conor Chinn
26 United States GK Eric Ati

Technical Staff[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

NASL[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Carolina RailHawks (X) 28 17 3 8 50 26 +24 54 Playoffs semifinals
2 Puerto Rico Islanders 28 15 7 6 41 32 +9 52
3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 28 11 8 9 41 36 +5 41 Playoffs quarterfinals
4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 28 9 11 8 35 36 −1 38
5 FC Edmonton 28 10 6 12 35 40 −5 36[a]
6 NSC Minnesota Stars (C) 28 9 9 10 30 32 −2 36[a]
7 Montreal Impact 28 9 8 11 35 27 +8 35
8 Atlanta Silverbacks 28 4 4 20 25 63 −38 16
Source: NASL Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) goal difference; 4) number of goals scored.[8]
(C) Champion; (X) Regular season champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b EDM: 8 pts; MIN: 2 pts

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
28 4 4 20 25 63  −38 16 3 1 10 14 32  −18 1 3 10 11 31  −20

Last updated: September 22, 2012.
Source: Match results

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728
GroundHHHAHAHAHHAAHHAAHAHAAAHHAAAH
ResultLLLDLLDLLWLLLLWDWLLLLLLWLLDL
Source: Match results
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Match results[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total NASL
Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Mexico Felipe Quintero 10 0 10 0
2 DF United States Tyler Ruthven 22 0 22 0
3 DF United States Shane Moroney 18 0 18 0
4 DF United States Patrick Robertson 14 0 14 0
5 MF United States Ciaran O'Brien 19 4 19 4
6 MF United States Jordan Davis 23 1 23 1
7 MF United States Jose Parada 8 0 8 0
8 FW Bosnia and Herzegovina Emsad Zahirovic 7 0 7 0
9 FW Honduras Junior Sandoval 15 2 15 2
10 MF Argentina Lucas Paulini 22 2 22 2
12 MF Puerto Rico Fernando González 5 0 5 0
13 DF United States Willie Hunt 22 3 22 3
14 MF United States Nico Colaluca 4 0 4 0
14 DF Mexico Mario Pérez 10 1 10 1
15 DF Japan Kohei Matsushita 13 0 13 0
16 DF United States Josh Casarona 8 0 8 0
17 MF Liberia Moussa Toure 3 0 3 0
18 FW United States Matt Horth 22 6 22 6
19 MF Scotland Grant Kerr 1 0 1 0
19 DF Colombia Cristian Quiñones 1 0 1 0
20 GK United States Jimmy Maurer 13 0 13 0
21 MF United States Raphael Cox 22 2 22 2
22 FW United States Jon Cox 12 0 12 0
23 DF Switzerland Mattias Schnorf 15 0 15 0
25 FW United States Conor Chinn 6 0 6 0
26 GK United States Eric Ati 0 0 0 0
65 MF Mexico Paco Rueda 0 0 0 0

Last updated: August 30, 2011

Clean sheets[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total NASL
Apps Clean
sheets
Apps Clean
sheets
1 GK Mexico Felipe Quintero 10 1 10 1
20 GK United States Jimmy Maurer 13 1 13 1

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Nat Pos. Player Total NASL
Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card Yellow card Yellow card Yellow-red card Red card
1 Mexico GK Felipe Quintero 2 0 1 2 0 1
2 United States DF Tyler Ruthven 5 0 0 5 0 0
4 United States DF Robertson 2 0 0 2 0 0
5 United States MF Ciaran O'Brien 1 0 0 1 0 0
6 United States MF Jordan Davis 4 0 0 4 0 0
7 United States DF Jose Parada 1 0 0 1 0 0
10 Argentina MF Lucas Paulini 1 1 0 1 1 0
13 United States DF Willie Hunt 2 0 0 2 0 0
14 Mexico DF Mario Peréz 4 0 0 4 0 0
15 Japan DF Kohei Matsushita 1 0 0 1 0 0
16 United States DF Josh Casarona 3 0 0 3 0 0
17 Liberia MF Moussa Toure 1 0 0 1 0 0
18 United States FW Matt Horth 2 0 0 2 0 0
21 United States FW Raphael Cox 3 0 0 3 0 0
22 United States FW Jon Cox 1 0 1 1 0 1
23 Switzerland DF Mattias Schnorf 4 0 0 4 0 0

Last updated: August 30, 2011
Source: NASL
Only competitive matches
.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
15 DF Japan Kohei Matsushita 25 Ehime Japan Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
23 DF Switzerland Mattias Schnorf 26 Winterthur Switzerland Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
18 FW United States Matt Horth 21 Gordon College Fighting Scotts Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
3 DF United States Shane Moroney 22 Berry College Vikings Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
12 MF Puerto Rico Fernando González 21 South Florida Bulls Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
8 FW Bosnia and Herzegovina Emsad Zahirovic 22 Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
7 MF United States Jose Parada 23 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
4 DF United States Patrick Robertson 24 Puerto Rico Islanders Puerto Rico Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
14 DF Mexico Mario Pérez 28 Club Atlas Mexico Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
10 MF Argentina Lucas Paulini 21 Mississippi Brilla Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
6 MF United States Jordan Davis 28 Atlanta Silverbacks U23 Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
2 DF United States Tyler Ruthven 22 Harrisburg City Islanders Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
1 GK Mexico Felipe Quintero 31 Atlanta Silverbacks Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
5 MF United States Ciaran O'Brien 23 Colorado Rapids Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
22 FW United States Jon Cox 24 Georgia Southern Eagles Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
20 GK United States Jimmy Maurer 22 New York Red Bulls Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
13 DF United States Willie Hunt 23 Mississippi Brilla Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
21 MF United States Raphael Cox 24 Real Salt Lake Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
16 DF United States Josh Casarona 18 Deportivo Español Argentina Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
65 MF Mexico Paco Rueda 27 La Piedad Mexico Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
17 MF Liberia Moussa Toure 25 Fort Lauderdale Schulz Academy Transfer Pre-season Undisclosed Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
25 FW United States Conor Chinn 23 Real Salt Lake Transfer Summer Undisclosed Undisclosed NASL.com
14 MF United States Nico Colaluca 25 Norrby IF Sweden Transfer Summer Undisclosed Undisclosed NASL.com
14 GK Cameroon Eric Ati 22 Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves Transfer Summer Undisclosed Undisclosed NASL.com

Last updated: February 2013

Out[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
14 DF Mexico Mario Pérez 29 Estudiantes Tecos Mexico Transfer Summer Undisclosed AtlantaSilverbacks.com
65 MF Mexico Paco Rueda 27 Released Summer AtlantaSilverbacks.com
19 DF Colombia Cristian Quiñones 19 Fort Lauderdale Strikers Loan terminated Summer NASL.com
8 FW Bosnia and Herzegovina Emsad Zahirovic 23 Breach of contract Summer NASL.com

Last updated: February 2013

Loan In[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
9 MF Honduras Junior Sandoval 20 Puerto Rico Islanders Puerto Rico Loan Pre-season August 12, 2011 AtlantaSilverbacks.com
19 DF Colombia Cristian Quiñones 19 Fort Lauderdale Strikers Loan Summer 2011 NASL.com
19 MF Scotland Grant Kerr 26 Fort Lauderdale Strikers Loan Summer 2011 NASL.com

Last updated: February 2013

Loan Out[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
23 DF Switzerland Mattias Schnorf 27 SC Young Fellows Juventus Switzerland Loan Post-season AtlantaSilverbacks.com

Last updated: February 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://nasl.com/index.php?id=228
  2. ^ "Atlanta Silverbacks Men's Team Returns to Play in New NASL". NASL.com. December 2, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "NASL Announces 2011 Regular Season Schedule". NASL.com. January 25, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Silverbacks Preseason Dates Announced". Atlanta Silverbacks. March 8, 2011. Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 27, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Roberson, Doug (March 29, 2011). "Silverbacks are back". Atlanta Journal–Constitution. AJC.com. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  7. ^ "Silverbacks Make Coaching Change". North American Soccer League. NASL.com. November 7, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "NASL Standings".