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Silverbacks sign Hungarian goalkeeper
Silverbacks sign Hungarian goalkeeper

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed veteran goalkeeper Daniel Illyes, the club announced Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Illyes joins the Silverbacks after playing 10 professional season in his native Hungary, including eight in the first division.

"Daniel is a talented and experienced goalkeeper who will be a tremendous leader for us from the back," Silverbacks goalkeepers coach Jose "Gaucho" Pinho said in a statement. "Through his years in Europe, he understands what it takes to succeed at the professional level, and we're excited to have him."

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In addition to being a gifted goalkeeper, Illyes speaks Hungarian, English and German, holds a master's degree in physical education and even founded the Eger Goalkeeping Academy, his own soccer school, in 2010.

Illyes will begin to train with the Silverbacks in late February and will be available to play in the season opener on Apr. 7.

The Silverbacks play their home games at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, which is located at 3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way in Doraville. For more information, visit www.atlantasilverbacks.com.