But what I am hearing from multiple sources is that Major League Soccer is getting closer and closer to naming an Atlanta team, and all indications are it will not be the Silverbacks. Despite the success the club has achieved, they are likely to be pushed into the dustbin of history. This is a direct contradiction of recent MLS decisions to elevate successful lower division clubs and brands to the top flight. Perhaps the Silverbacks don’t quite have the cache of the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact and Orlando City (Lions) but it would be unfortunate if the brand died.
On Saturday, Atlanta will be the locale for the NASL Soccer Bowl, the title game of North America’s second division. The Atlanta Silverbacks will play host to the New York Cosmos at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The Silverbacks have developed a strong side thanks largely to US Soccer legend Eric Wynalda, the club’s technical director. And attendance has been impressive.