ATLANTA—The Atlanta Silverbacks stole an 85th minute goal to defeat the San Antonio Scorpions 1-0 in front of 4,422 fans at Atlanta Silverbacks Park to take over at the top of the North American Soccer League standings.

Atlanta improves to 4-2-1, 13pts, while San Antonio falls to 1-4-2, 5pts. The Silverbacks are two points clear of Minnesota, Carolina and Tampa Bay.

Midfielder Danny Barrera struck just as a scoreless draw seemed destined to be the outcome and earned Atlanta the club’s first pole position since joining the league in 2011. Substitute forward Kellen Gulley fired a shot off a Scorpions defender, and the ball fell right to Barrera, who converted off the hands of keeper Pat Hannigan to make it 1-0 in the 86th minute.


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