By FRANCO PANIZO
The Atlanta Silverbacks have undergone a resurgence under interim head coach Eric Wynalda, but they suffered a big setback at home this weekend thanks to FC Edmonton.
The Eddies jumped out of the basement and threw the Silverbacks back in with a 2-1 victory at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday. FC Edmonton scored twice in a span of three minutes and while Atlanta pulled one back shortly thereafter, the Silverbacks never found an equalizer in a game that marked the Edmonton's first win since early June.
Serisay Barthelemy scored the opener in the 64th minute for FC Edmonton before Yashir Pinto doubled the lead two minutes later. Ciaran O'Brien then trimmed the deficit for Atlanta in the 74th, but the more than 4,000 fans in attendance left disappointed after watching their team suffer a loss that put them back in last place.
Here is a look back at the rest of the Week 16 action in NASL:
RAILHAWKS TOPPLE STARS TO MOVE CLOSER TO THE TOP OF THE TABLE
Zack Schilawski scored an early goal for the Carolina RailHawks and that was all they needed to topple Minnesota Stars FC in a game that endured a four-hour delay because of lightning. Schilawski netted 10 minutes into the Saturday match at WakeMed Soccer Park, and Gale Agbossoumonde helped the RailHawks record a cleansheet in a match played in front of a crowd of 3,158. The delay due to lightning came early in the second, but that still did not prevent Carolina from picking up three points.
SECOND HALF GOALS SEE ROWDIES DEFEAT ISLANDERS
The Tampa Bay Rowdies are red hot at home right now. The Rowdies moved into second place in the league standings after defeating the Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-0, at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday. The win improved Tampa Bay to 4-0 in its last four home games. Both goals came in the second half courtesy of Frankie Sanfilippo and Mike Ambersley, and 3,207 supporters turned out for the match.
CAMPOS SCORES AGAIN AS SCORPIONS DOWN STRIKERS
The first-place San Antonio Scorpions picked up yet another win, and once again it was forward Pablo Campos who played a key part in helping make that happen. Campos scored the lone goal in the Scorpions' 1-0 win over the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in a match played in front of 10,584 fans at Heroes Stadium on Saturday. Campos scored in the second half of the game, upping his season total to a league-best 11 goals.
1. San Antonio Scorpions (9-3-5, 32 points, +10 GD)
2. Tampa Bay Rowdies (9-6-3, 30 points, +4 GD)
3. Puerto Rico Islanders (8-6-4, 28 points, +5 GD)
4. Minnesota Stars FC (7-6-5, 26 points,+1 GD)
5. Carolina RailHawks (6-5-6, 24 points, +3 GD)
6. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (6-7-6, 24 points, -4 GD)
7. FC Edmonton (4-9-4, 16 points, -4 GD)
8. Atlanta Silverbacks (3-10-5, 14 points, -15 GD)
What do you think of this weekend's NASL action? Surprised that FC Edmonton defeated the Silverbacks? Impressed by Carolina's latest win?
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