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Two local rivals to kick off the NPSL season

Georgia Revolution will host rivals Atlanta Silverbacks for the first time in NPSL play this weekend. After the Silverbacks organization ceased operations in the NASL, they picked back up in the NPSL just a few months later and start their season this Saturday.

Georgia Revolution are coming into this game on a three-game winning streak having defeated Sandy Springs FC, Peachtree City MOBA, and Birmingham Hammers in preseason.

The Silverbacks tied the local Gladiadores 2-2 in a preseason friendly and are coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to Reading United SC in the first round of the US Open Cup.

In the six-year history of Georgia Revolution, they have played the Atlanta Silverbacks several times in one capacity or another. In 2012, the Revolution played against the NASL Silverbacks in the U.S. Open Cup and lost, 1-0. The NASL Silverbacks would win again, this time 3-2, just the next year when they faced off for a second time in the Open Cup. Additionally, the NPSL Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves have played against the Georgia Revolution several times in NPSL regular season play.

For this weekend's match Atlanta-based nonprofit, Soccer in the Streets, is teaming up with Georgia Revolution. Soccer in the Streets will be putting together an equipment drive, giveaways, promoting the upcoming ATL Champions League tournament, and $2 from all online ticket sales will benefit the organization. For the equipment drive all soccer gear is appreciated but there is a dire need for youth sized cleats and soccer balls of any size. So check the garage and bring that soccer ball you haven't touched in several months, it's for a good cause!

For more information about Soccer in the Streets involvement in the match read their post for their game. For information about the organization in general, check out their website.

Kickoff is at 7:00 PM this Saturday at the RYSA Soccerplex. Tickets are $10 at the gate and $7 online in advance. Parking is, as always, free.