The New York Cosmos will hope to remain atop the North American Soccer League table after four weeks of the spring season, and will do just that if they can manage to win their sixth consecutive match against the Atlanta Silverbacks. The Silverbacks look to be a far more organized side through the first three matches of 2015, but Gio Savarese has more talent available to him than new Atlanta coach Gary Smith does.
Savarese's side enter Saturday's contest with just a pair of injured players, including starting right back Hunter Freeman (who should be back for next weekend's match in Brooklyn), and backup goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck. Gio will have defender Samuel Caceres available for the first time on Saturday, as the Paraguayan now has his paperwork sorted, and is eligible to play in the United States.
We asked you earlier this week who you would select if placed in charge of the club, and this is the starting unit you've selected:
The community vote came up with the following bench, in addition to the starting unit:
Brian Holt, Hunter Gorskie, Adam Moffat, Mads Stokkelien, Sebastian Guenzatti, Lucky Mkosana, Haji Wright
During the first three matches of the season, Savarese has opted for the same starting unit. I thought there was a chance of a change this evening with Caceres being available, and indeed, one change was made to the eleven. It wasn't the change I was expecting though, with Mads Stokkelien making way for Lucky Mkosana:
Our XI and subs going against @ATLSilverbacks tonight. Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET! Watch on @ONEWorldSports. #ATLvNYC pic.twitter.com/nZV4WWxYUX— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) April 25, 2015
Meanwhile, Smith will send the Silverbacks out as follows:
#ATL Starting XI and bench to face @NYCosmos: pic.twitter.com/gxcWvl8rGH— ATLSilverbacks (@ATLSilverbacks) April 25, 2015
For those of you wondering how to watch tonight's match, you can find that information by clicking this link. Enjoy the match, and here's hoping it ends with three more points and no injuries.