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Ex-Silverback snatched up by Colo. Rapids
Ex-Silverback snatched up by Colo. Rapids

ATLANTA -- A former Atlanta Silverbacks star will spend the upcoming season playing for the Colorado Rapids.

Defender Chris Klute was loaned to the Rapids in September and performed so well that the Colorado soccer club opted to keep him for 2013.

The 22 year old helped lead the Rapids to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, which sealed his spot with the team, according to Silverbacks general manager Andy Smith.

"We're very happy for Chris because he is such a quality player and someone who deserves an opportunity to prove himself at the next level," Smith said in a statement. "It is a proud moment for the Silverbacks organization because he is a product of the commitment we're making to player development between our Reserves and our professional team."

Klute, a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, started the 2012 season with the Silverbacks Reserves and became part of the professional team last June.