Tonight marks the first round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, the nation's oldest soccer tournament. Atlanta is represented by the Silverbacks. They are playing the PDL's Reading United tonight at Gurski Stadium in Whitfield, Pennsylvania.
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Here's the Silverbacks' starting lineup:
GK- Bryce Billington, #16
D- Ebrima Njie, #4
D- Adnan Bangura, #6
D- Kemar Brown, #71
D- Fabio Fernandes, #23
M- Mitch Garcia, #18
M- Abu Tommy, #17
M- Abraham Lansana, #8
F- Gabriel Obatola, #14
F- Douglas Diwa, #13
F- Shaka Bangura, #12
Starting XI - 6 Bangura, 12 Bangura, 16 Billington, 71 Brown, 13 Diwa, 23 Fernandes, 18 Garcia, 8 Lansana, 4 Njie, 14 Obatola, 17 Tommy— Atlanta Silverbacks (@ATLSilverbacks) May 11, 2016
Their opponents, Reading United, were founded in 1996. They have been in the PDL since 2004, previously playing as a professional team in the USL's D3 Pro League. This is their eighth straight appearance in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. They have won their first round match in each of the last four years.
Check out our friends at Brotherly Game for more background on their roster and connections to the MLS Philadelphia Union.
There are 22 matches happening in the Open Cup tonight, we'll be following along all night. Join us in the comments to discuss tonight's matches!