The Atlanta Chiefs will go after their fifth straight victory of the season this Saturday night when they take on the colorful New York Generals in Atlanta Stadium.
The Chiefs now sport a record of six wins, two losses and a tie, while holding the lead in the Atlantic Division of the North American Soccer League over the second place Generals. New York's record is two wins, two losses and three ties.
The Chiefs have shown a powerful offense combined with greedy defense in their nine games so far in 1968.
Offensively they have out scored their opponents 15 goals to nine, and are led by center forward Graham Newton with five goals. Newton tied with player coach Phil Woosnam last season for the Chief's scoring lead with eight goals for the year.
The rugged Chiefs' defense is headed by goalkeeper Vic Rouse. The former Welsh international has given up only five goals in the eight games he has tended the nets this season. In fact, he has yet to give up more than a single goal in a game.
Part of the credit for Rouse's fine record should be given to the rest of the Chiefs' defensive unit including Gordon Ferry, Brian Hughes and John Cocking. These three have allowed opposition to take only 100 shots at the Atlanta goal as compared to the 163 the Chiefs have taken, and only 35 opponents' shots have been close enough to the mark to make a save necessary. Opposing goalies have found it necessary to save 57 Chiefs' shots in comparison.
The speedy New York General offense has been led this season by forward Dieter Perau, who has scored six goals in his team's seven games. Other General stars have been forwards Warren Archibald and Julio Alas, who have both scored two goals.
A surprise on the attack for New York has been the failure of the team's 1967 leader George Kirby to make goals. Last season Kirby joined the team in midseason and scored 14 goals in the final 18 games.
The field leader for New York is forward Co Prins. Prins gained the reputation as the 'Bad boy' of the National Professional Soccer League last season when he played for and coached the Pittsburgh Phantoms.