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Atlanta takes over lead for first time
May 25th, 2013 11:37PM
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[NASL REWIND: Week 8] Midfielder Danny Barrera broke a scoreless draw in the 85th minute goal to give the Atlanta Silverbacks a 1-0 win over the San Antonio Silverbacks that moved them into first place in the NASL standings. Minnesota United avenged a 3-2 loss at home to the Tampa Bay Rowdies last week in their 2012 Soccer Bowl rematch with a win by the same score at Al Lang Stadium in a match that saw all five goals scored in the first 29 minutes.
 
Substitute forward Kellen Gulley fired a shot off a Scorpions defender, and the ball fell right to Barrera, who beat keeper Pat Hannigan to give Atlanta the win in front of 4,422 home fans. It's the first time the Silverbacks have been in the first place.
 
"To get a win from that game is fantastic, "said Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes. "It's the kind of game that can get bad if you make a defensive mistake and we got the win and I'm proud and happy for them.  Good teams win ugly games and we just did that tonight." 
 
-- Minnesota United avenged a 3-2 loss at home to the Tampa Bay Rowdies last week in their 2012 Soccer Bowl rematch with a 3-2 win at Al Lang Stadium.

Defender Cristiano Dias opened the scoring for Minnesota, and Pablo Campos set up Geison Moura and Simone Bracalello for goals. Bulgarian Georgi Hristov scored both goals for the Rowdies in a match that saw all five goals scored in the first 29 minutes.
 
"What a great series," said United coach Manny Lagos. "To have ten goals in two games, it was great and obviously we're delighted that tonight we came out on top. It was really important for us to come out and play hard and play strong. Both teams battled and I was really proud of the guys to see the game out."

NASL RESULTS: Week 8
Saturday, May 25
Atlanta 1 San Antonio 0
Tampa Bay 2 Minn. United 3

NASL SCHEDULE: Week 8
Sunday May 25
FC Edmonton vs. Fort Lauderdale
 
NASL SPRING STANDINGS:

PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-
13 Atlanta 4-2-1 13/11
11 Carolina 3-1-2 12/8
11 Tampa Bay 3-2-2 13/11
11 Minn. United 3-2-2 13/11
8 FC Edmonton 2-2-2 7/6
5 San Antonio 1-4-2 7/12
4 Fort Lauderdale 1-5-1 6/12

NASL SCHEDULE: Week 9
Saturday, June 1
Fort Lauderdale vs. Carolina
San Antonio vs. Minn. United
Sunday, June 2
FC Edmonton vs. Tampa Bay

NASL SCHEDULE: Week 10
Saturday, June 8
Carolina vs. Tampa Bay
Atlanta vs. FC Edmonton
Minn. United vs. Fort Lauderdale

NASL SCHEDULE: Week 11
Saturday, June 15
Fort Lauderdale vs. Atlanta
Tampa Bay vs. San Antonio
Sunday, June 16
FC Edmonton vs. Carolina

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