Atlanta Silverbacks Beat CFC 5-0 in Third Round of U.S.Cup

The CFC beat a pro team in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. But they were no match for the Atlanta Silverbacks in the third round. They beat Chattanooga FC 5-0, earning the right to host Real Salt Lake of the MLS in the fourth round. 

Silverbacks midfielder Junior Burgos stole the show in the first half, scoring a pair of stunning goals, while midfielders Junior Sandoval and forwards Jaime Chavez and Deon McCaulay also found the net in the blowout win.   

An energetic crowd of 4,058 at Finley Stadium created a great gameday atmosphere. Just 12 minutes into the game, and Atlanta’s McCaulay found a streaking Sandoval. The Honduran midfielder did well to collect the pass and rifle a low left-footed shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Five minutes after Sandoval’s strike, Chattanooga FC goalkeeper Greg Hartley found himself picking the ball out of his net for a second time. Chavez earned a free kick less than a foot outside the penalty area, giving Burgos a mouthwatering look at goal from just over 18 yards out. The former Toronto FC man stepped up and curled a beauty into the net, putting the visiting Silverbacks up 2-0.

The run of play slowed down midway through the first half, and Chattanooga FC was able to generate a few half-chances. The opening half belonged to the Silverbacks, though, and Burgos bagged another goal just before halftime. In the 42nd minute, he launched a left-footed laser from nearly 30 yards out into the net, leaving Hartley with absolutely no chance. The goal made it 3-0 and gave the Silverbacks even more momentum going into the locker room at halftime.

The Silverbacks picked up right where they left off, controlling the game and creating numerous chances – mostly through Poku and McCaulay. The Belizean forward, McCaulay, seemed frustrated after missing a few early scoring chances, but in the 68th minute, his frustration would end. After receiving the ball at the top of the penalty area, he calmly fired a shot into the low corner for a 4-0 lead.

It was 5-0 four minutes later when Chavez got in the act. Burgos, who already had bagged two goals, dribbled to the end line and lobbed in a cross for Chavez to head home. 

With the win, the Silverbacks clinched a fourth-round Cup matchup against Real Salt Lake, which will be played at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday, June 14. 
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