[NASL REWIND: Week 14] The Atlanta Silverbacks won the NASL spring championship when they beat Minnesota United FC, 3-0, on the final day of the campaign to overtake the Carolina RailHawks, who fell at the San Antonio Scorpions, 2-0.
Silverbacks, who finished next to last in 2012, will host the 2013 Soccer Bowl against the fall champion.
“I am so proud of these guys and how they played,” said Atlanta coach Brian Haynes. “We did what we had to do so I am so proud of the boys who gave a great effort against a good team and we took our chances well.”
The Silverbacks got goals from Brian Stisser, Bobby Reiss and Ruben Luna to beat Minnesota.
Atlanta also needed for Carolina to lose, and the Scorpions, who also went into the final day of play with a shot at the title, helped the Silverbacks out with their fifth straight win.
Hans Denissen put San Antonio ahead late in the first half and added a second goal late in the game to kill Carolina's title hopes. The Dutchman finished with eight goals to tie Carolina's Brian Shriver for the league lead.
The RailHawks had their chances, but both Cesar Elizondo and Shriver were denied by the woodwork.
The fall season begins in August with the debut of the New York Cosmos.
NASL SCHEDULE: Week 14
Thursday, July 4
Tampa Bay 4 Fort Lauderdale 0
Minn. United 0 Atlanta 3
San Antonio 2 Carolina 0
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FINAL NASL SPRING STANDINGS:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-
21 Atlanta 6-3-3 20/15
20 Carolina 5-2-5 20/16
20 San Antonio 6-4-2 19/15
18 Tampa Bay 5-3-4 21/16
14 FC Edmonton 3-4-5 13/12
14 Minn. United 4-6-2 18/23
8 Fort Lauderdale 2-8-2 10/24
NASL LEADING SCORERS
G PLAYER, TEAM
8+2 Hans Denissen, San Antonio
8 Brian Shriver, Carolina
5+1 Ruben Luna, Atlanta
5 Georgi Hristov, Tampa Bay
5 Simone Bracalello, Minn. United