Revs fin­ish sea­son against At­lanta Sil­ver­backs

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­

The Ge­or­gia Rev­o­lu­tion may have missed out on the 2013 National Pre­mier Soc­cer League’s play­offs, but the Cony­ers-based fourth-tier soc­cer club has a chance at one more glory this year.

The Rev­o­lu­tion host the At­lanta Sil­ver­backs, spring cham­pi­ons of the North Amer­i­can Soc­cer League a sec­ond-tier league in the United States’ pro­fes­sional soc­cer pyra­mid, at 7:30 tonight.

It will be the third time the two At­lanta-area teams have met at the Rock­dale Youth Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion’s Soc­cer­plex, and the sec­ond time this sea­son.

The Sil­ver­backs de­feated the Revs 3-2 in the first round of the La­mar Hunt U.S. Open Cup May 21, de­spite goals by Emeka Maduka and Kwadwo Poku on their home pitch.

The two teams also met in the U.S. Open Cup last sea­son, with the Sil­ver­backs win­ning 1-0 in the sec­ond-round match on May 23, 2012.

Fol­low­ing that matchup and the 2012 sea­son, the Sil­ver­backs signed Mark Lav­ery away from the Revs, mov­ing the for­mer Ge­or­gia defender to the pro­fes­sional ranks.

With this be­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion game in be­tween the NASL’s spring and fall sea­sons, Lav­ery may get some play­ing time. He didn’t get on the pitch in the U.S. Open Cup matchup two months ago. Also help­ing Lav­ery’s cause is the fact that At­lanta defender Mark Bloom was loaned to Toronto FC of Ma­jor League Soc­cer for the re­main­der of the sea­son Fri­day. At­lanta now has eight de­fend­ers listed on its ros­ter.

The Ge­or­gia Rev­o­lu­tion fin­ished its third sea­son with a 4-2-2 record with 14 points in NPSL play, fin­ish­ing in sec­ond place to the Jack­sonville United, which had 20 points and six wins.

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

The Ge­or­gia Rev­o­lu­tion and At­lanta Sil­ver­backs have met two times in the last three years, in­clud­ing a 3-2 Sil­ver­backs' vic­tory in this year's La­mar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at RYSA.

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