2006 Jun 10

Atlanta Silverbacks  3 - 1  Seattle Sounders
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta: Felipe Quintero; Matt Bobo, David Hayes (Matt O'Toole 85'), Omar Jarun (Joe Afful 70'), Antonio De La Torre; Tony McManus, Rodrigo Rios (Marlon Rojas 90'), Scott Buete, Josh Smith (Warren Ukah 72'); Jason McLaughlin, Alex Pineda-Chacon (Machel Millwood 45'). Substitutes not used: Shaun Kalnasy, Maurice Hughes.

Seattle: Chris Eylander; Noah Merl, Zach Scott (Craig Tomlinson 46'), Gabe Sturm, Nate Boyden; Kevin Sakuda, Roger Levesque, CJ Klaas, Andrew Gregor; Cam Weaver, Jamal Sutton (Jake Sagare 64'). Substitutes not used: David Mahoney.

10' ATL - McLaughlin
61' ATL - McLaughlin (Buete)
71' SEA - Weaver (Sturm)
88' ATL - Ukah (McLaughlin)

Additional match reports: Silverbacks.

Match report from the Sounders:

The Seattle Sounders ended their two game road trip to the east coast with a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Silverbacks at newly opened Re/Max Greater Atlanta Stadium. Down 2-0 late in the match, Sounders midfielder Gabe Sturm connected with Forward Cam Weaver for Seattle's lone goal.

With only 14 players on the game's roster, the Sounders played without the services of defender Seyi Abolaji. Earning two yellow cards in Thursday's match in Charleston, Abolaji served a league imposed one-match suspension for being sent off the field in the 85th minute.

Atlanta's Jason McLaughlin finished the match with a five-point performance scoring the Silverbacks' first two goals in the 10th and 61st minutes, and assisted the club's final goal in the 88th.

The Sounders nearly scored the equalizer before the break, but a Silverback defender made a diving clear near the goal line to preserve a one-goal lead.

In the 71st minute the Sounders trimmed Atlanta's lead down to one with a goal by rookie forward Cam Weaver. Scoring his team-leading fifth goal of the season, Weaver moves into second among the league's leading goal scorers. Assisting on Weaver's goal, midfielder Gabe Sturm recorded his first point of the season.

Making his sixth start on the year, Sounders' rookie goalkeeper, Chris Eylander recorded six saves throughout the night, suffering just his second loss of the season.

The Silverbacks handed the Sounders (2-5-3, 9 pts) their third straight road loss, the club's longest losing skid of the season. The Sounders return home for a few days before departing on another road trip through Puerto Rico and Miami next weekend. The Sounders mustered just one goal on their current road trip, after being shut out 2-0 in Charleston on Thursday, July 8th.

          Atlanta   Seattle
Shots:       23         8
Saves:        3         6
Corners:      6         6
Fouls:       12         4
Offsides:     3         0

72' ATL - De La Torre cautioned

Referees: Jeff Hink; Patrick Baker, JJ Blodgett; Alex Oliver

Attendance: 2,743