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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Gorillas vs Gladiators - by Taylor Peyton

Earlier this week it was announced that the Silverbacks would be hosting Gladiadores FC for a Preseason friendly. Kickoff is set for 3 pm on April 30 as part of the club’s FREE kickoff party. Before this post goes on any further, I feel like it is my duty to give you the clarity I wasn’t given before originally writing this piece. Contrary to what has been posted before on social media, we are not playing Gladiadores FC from Mexico, nor are we playing a Handball team from Argentina. How has all of this confusion occurred within a club with minimal staff that all have very busy schedules? Probably the same reason a mom of three forgets an important thing on her shopping list when she goes to Kroger. There’s a lot of things to focus on, and occasionally things will be forgotten. If you feel a bit upset by this, just remember that you weren’t the one that spent hours on Google trying to find out every piece of information you could about the Mexican team like a certain blogger did, just saying.

So which Gladiadores are we playing? That question will be answered in the next few sentences! If you haven’t figured it out, Gladiadores translate to “Gladiators” in English. Not to be confused with Atlanta’s ECHL Hockey team, or the previously mentioned Mexican Gladiators (that mistake has already been made, let’s not do it again), these Gladiators play in Liga Magg, an amateur league based in Metro Atlanta, with some games even being played at Silverbacks Park. Gladiadores currently hold second place in the Premier Division of Liga Magg. A good number of Gladiadores players used to play professionally in Brazil, according to General Manager Phoday Dolleh

Despite the case of mistaken identity, this preseason match is highly anticipated by Silverbacks supporters and well worth getting excited for. With the US Open Cup fixture against Reading United looming large, this preseason match is more important than some people may think. We’ll see in 6 days time how much chemistry has already been developed amongst our players. Come to Silverbacks part to get a good look at our new talent.

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