Silverbacks Issue Venue Switch Explanation



The Atlanta Silverbacks issued a statement early Wednesday after announcing that their third-round U.S. Open Cup matchup on May 30 with Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders FC has changed locations from Atlanta to Seattle.

“The decision associated with the venue change wasn’t easy, by any means,” said Silverbacks Chairman Boris Jerkunica on the club website.

“Seattle Sounders FC presented us with an offer that we simply couldn’t refuse, and in the end, it was a decision that was based on the balance between instant gratification and long-term improvement.”

The statement says that the organization will use the funds for three primary initiatives:

  • Fan Appreciation Night on June 16 – The Silverbacks will offer free tickets to their home game on June 16 against the Carolina RailHawks. Tickets can be requested by calling 404-969-4900 or visiting
  • Player personnel – The technical staff has already begun to look to improve the team through additional player signings.
  • MLS exhibition game – The Silverbacks will host an exhibition game at Atlanta Silverbacks Park against a MLS team.

After defeating NPSL side Georgia Revolution, 1-0, in Conyers Tuesday night, the Silverbacks will now take on the Sounders on May 30 at 7 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET) at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. A live webcast of the game will be available at

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  1. Free tickets? Way to devalue your product.

    Host an MLS team for a friendly? Shaking my head. Yawn. Friendlies are always exciting (sarcastic).

    Silverbacks made a poor decision and are getting blasted on their Facebook page.

    Atlanta Silverbacks Facebook Page

  2. Yeah, I have no real problem with Seattle (or RSL, or Portland) making the offer and trying to get the game. But I can’t figure out how this is a good deal for Atlanta.

    Starfire is actually a smaller stadium, so it’s not like this is going to increase the gate significantly. Silverbacks would have sold out for a game against SSFC I would think. For SSFC to have offered them more than they could turn down, it must be a lot more than gate revenue would have been?

    Only thing I can figure is that SSFC is actually losing money on the game to avoid their players having to make a 3000 mile road trip.

  3. Schuyler Robinson on

    5,000 excited, rabid Silverback fans, or 3,000 Sounder uninterested and quiet Sounder fans. Yes I said “quiet” and Sounders in the same sentence.

    Not surprised Seattle made the offer and not surprised Atlanta immediately bit on it. Both F.O.’s are just adding more fuel to the fire to why people think this tournament is a joke.

  4. Excellent, we have been able to schedule another exhibition game for the “B” team in Atlanta !!!!!

  5. Matt- Don’t think of the short term financial aspect, as the potential revenue gain far exceeds the minimal possible loss in revenue from next Wednesday. If by buying the venue change equates to a higher % of the Sounders advancing and playing MLS teams in later rounds which will likely sell out or be close to, the immediate revenue loss will more than likely be made up for it later on. Not to mention, how much increased revenue the Sounders have made over the last 3 years due to CL matches as a direct response to us winning the Open Cup and having hosted I think 11 of our 14 open cup matches.