Atlanta Silverbacks To Shutdown

Atlanta Silverbacks To Shutdown

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 19, 2008
  • 2 Comments
  • Atlanta Expansion, Atlanta Silverbacks

This is kind of a shock to some but in a tough economic time here in America it could come as expected for others. The USL-1 Atlanta Silverbacks announced they will not field a team in 2009, citing the economy as well as the potential arrival of an MLS expansion team in Atlanta in the coming years.

“This was an extremely difficult decision that was prompted by the dynamic events in our economy and the soccer community,” Silverbacks general manager Michael Oki said. “We would like to thank all of our fans and partners who have supported the team over the years and hope they continue to come out to the women’s games.”

With the Silverbacks are now the first victim of the economic situation here. No word on what this means for the players currently on the roster for the Silverbacks. Also, no word on what it means for forward Mac Kandji, who is currently on loan to the New York Red Bulls, who will play in the MLS Cup Final on Sunday. The Red Bulls acquired Kandji on a loan deal earlier this year that included an option to buy Kandji’s contract outright.

Tough break for Atlanta soccer fans. I think this hurts their MLS expansion hopes a lot here too. Sure a couple bids out there don’t have a USL club right now (like St. Louis) but with the bid already being pretty weak by most standards, having a club fold will definitely hurt their chances. It just doesn’t look good on it.

  • PT

    It's sad for the few die hards, and the ownership. I can't think they make more than 500-600K per year in gameday revenue (don't know what advertising brings in) , and have no idea what their costs are. It's a great facility, and if people would simply go, they'd realize that 8 pm game times do two things. They make it very bearable temperature wise for the fans (it's in a windy area next to the interstate), but also reduces the family element. The games against the Mexican teams are sold out, otherwise it's usually 2/3 empty. It's a tough sports town, I live here, but have seriously enjoyed the Silverbacks, even going back to the day games on a concrete bleachers in the scorching summer sun at their old stadium…with $2 Guinness and Boddingtons (now it's $5 for a can of Tecate). I never went to an Atlanta Beat game (WUSA) women's team.

  • PT

    It’s sad for the few die hards, and the ownership. I can’t think they make more than 500-600K per year in gameday revenue (don’t know what advertising brings in) , and have no idea what their costs are. It’s a great facility, and if people would simply go, they’d realize that 8 pm game times do two things. They make it very bearable temperature wise for the fans (it’s in a windy area next to the interstate), but also reduces the family element. The games against the Mexican teams are sold out, otherwise it’s usually 2/3 empty. It’s a tough sports town, I live here, but have seriously enjoyed the Silverbacks, even going back to the day games on a concrete bleachers in the scorching summer sun at their old stadium…with $2 Guinness and Boddingtons (now it’s $5 for a can of Tecate). I never went to an Atlanta Beat game (WUSA) women’s team.