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The score is now confirmed by Atlanta's Web site:

One hundred and minutes of gallant hustle was not enough for the Atlanta Slverbacks, who finshed their season with a scoreless draw aganst the Toronto Lynx at Memorial Stadium, Saturday.There was no warm welcome for former Atlanta goalkeeper Bryheem Hancock as the hosts raided Toronto's goal with a sense of urgency. Alex Pineda Chacon had two efforts strike the crossbar followed by an Alan Woods header meeting the same fate; highligting a first half full of attacking soccer. For their part, the Lynx defended stubbornly and came close to scoring late in the half when David Diplacdo hit the post and drew a fantastc save from Joe Barton with the follow up.The second half started with a bang as Ivo Ilarionov came desperatetly close to turning John Ball's through ball past Hancock, just missing the target. Diplacido was again close n the 53rd minute, striking a long range effort off the crossbar. Gary Brooks had Silverbacks fans on their feet after breaking free of Toronto's defense only to be denied by Rumba Munthaille's last gasp tackle. Both teams finished regulation with great opportunities; for the Silverbacks, Mac Cozier glanced over from close range, while Barton denied Vinicious Brito in the final seconds. With news filterng through that Virginia beach had moved ahead of Syracuse, the Silverbacks spent two periods of overtime chasing the elusive goal that stood between them and the playoffs. Sadly, it never came.

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Lynx End Silverbacks' Playoff Hopes

Toronto earns draw in Atlanta

Date: Saturday, August 28, 2004

Venue: DeKalb Memorial Stadium

Attendance: 2,193

Kick off Time: 6:00 PM

Final Score: Toronto 0 Atlanta 0

Match Summary: With nothing but pride to play for in the final weekend of the 2004 A-League regular season, the Toronto Lynx traveled to Atlanta tonight to take on the Silverbacks at DeKalb Memorial Stadium. With a playoff spot still a possibility for the Silverbacks, the Lynx were looking to play the spoiler and end Atlanta's Cinderella season. Trailing the Syracuse Salty Dogs by 3 points for the final playoff spot, the Silverbacks had everything to play for, as a win would keep their playoff hopes alive, depending on the result of the Syracuse versus Virginia Beach match later tonight. The Silverbacks came out quickly and played with urgency in the first half, but the Lynx played stingy defense and 'keeper, Bryheem Hancock was not to be beaten by his former team. Unfortunately, the Lynx could not solve Atlanta 'keeper, Joe Barton, at the other end of the pitch either and had to settle for a 0-0 draw. Despite the lack of goals, the match was not missing excitement or tension as both teams struck crossbars and post several times during the match. The result ends Altanta's playoff hopes and drops their record to 14-11-2 on the season, a dramatic turnaround from their 4-17-7 record last season. The Lynx move to 10-15-2 on this year and will conclude their 2004 season tomorrow night in Charleston with a 6:00pm kickoff against the defending A-League champion Battery.

Final Score: Toronto 0 Atlanta 0


Atlanta: Barton, Degand, Afful (Barton 89), Woods, Lewis, Fitzpatrick, Ball, Ilarionov (Broder 55), Pineda-Chacon, Murraigui (Brooks 45) , Iotov (Cozier 60)

Toronto: Hancock, O'Connor (Munthali 37), Hughes (Prostran 81), Blois, Mayard (Brito 45), Mattacchione, Arango, Faria, Baxter, DiPlacido, Gbeke (Steele 77)

Cautions: Atl: Fitzpatrick, Murraigui Tor: Faria, Munthali

Ejections: None

Shots: Atl: 20 Tor: 14

Saves: Atl: 7 Tor: 6

Fouls: Atl: 12 Tor: 15

Scorers: None



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Well it can't be their record being a miracle as there's nothing special about not making the playoffs. It must have to do with the fact that they led the league in attendance increase percentage:

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Puerto Rico...14...54,441...3,889....N/A


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In 2002 Atlanta finished at .500 and made the playoffs. In fact that season they won two more games than the Whitecaps during the season, finished tied for second overall in the league in goals for total during the season with 47. The season before they were one game above .500, also making the playoffs. I'd hardly call that a perennial bottom feeder.

On an added note about that 2002 season, Vancouver qualified for the playoffs playing one game under .500 and made the semi-finals, which they lost. This of course had people saying "choke", the Whitecaps choked again. Which is kind of odd considering you can't really choke when you make the semi's ranked so low.

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