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Silverbacks recruiting at home and abroad

Silverbacks recruiting at home and abroad

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks will begin their offseason player combines in December, the soccer club announced last week.

In addition to two combines at Atlanta Silverbacks Park in Doraville, the club will also travel to California and Europe to recruit talent.

Head coach Brian Haynes and team advisor Eric Wynalda will travel to each U.S. location to observe the tryouts; Haynes will work with European sports organizations for the England and Germany events. Past combines have resulted in several signings, including current goalkeeper Joe Nasco.

To register for a combine, visit atlantasilverbacks.com/combine. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Combine dates include:

Silverbacks midfielder named Player of the Week

Silverbacks midfielder named Player of the Week

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder Danny Barrera has been named the North American Soccer League (NASL) Offensive Player of the Week.

Barrera won the honor after scoring a goal and tallying three assists in the Silverbacks' final two games of the season -- a win over the San Antonio Scorpions and a draw with the Puerto Rico Islanders.

"We had one of the strongest finishes out of any team is the league this year, and for me to be able to help the team achieve those results feels really good," Barrera, a 22-year-old native of Colombia, said in a statement. "I'm glad I was finally able to create some goals and very happy to go out on a high note this season."

Barrera played for UC-Santa Barbara before joining the Silverbacks this year.

Silverbacks crush No. 1 Scorpions

Silverbacks crush No. 1 Scorpions

ATLANTA -- It was a big night at Atlanta Silverbacks Park Wednesday, when the home team topped the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions.

In front of a crowd of more than 2,300 fans, the Silverbacks beat the Scorpions 3-1.

Willie Hunt and Danny Barrera teamed up and scored the game's first goal just minutes into the first half. Brothers Pedro and Paulo Mendes also got into the action, with Pedro scoring the Silverbacks' second goal.

Although the Scorpions managed to get a single goal in the second half, Barrera rallied to save the day for Atlanta and scored the Silverbacks' third and final goal.

Atlanta's final game of the season will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Puerto Rico Islanders. Watch the game live at atlantasilverbacks.com/live; kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

3 signed to Silverbacks

3 signed to Silverbacks

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed three new players, including a set of Brazilian twins.

Forward Pedro Mendes and midfielders Milton Blanco and Paulo Mendes were inked last week, the Silverbacks announced Friday.

Paulo and Pedro Mendes come to Atlanta from the Rhode Island Reds, after playing for Cal FC in this year's U.S. Open Cup. The 22-year-olds played for California's Foothill College for one season.

"I've been following Pedro and Paulo for a few years, and when the opportunity came for me to put them in a professional environment, I wanted to take it," Silverbacks interim head coach Eric Wynalda said in a statement. "They're both very talented players who can really help our team, so we're very pleased to have them."

Silverbacks goalkeeper named Defensive Player of the Week

Silverbacks goalkeeper named Defensive Player of the Week

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Silverbacks goalkeeper Daniel Illyes has been named the North American Soccer League's Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

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Illyes received the honor after helping the Silverbacks clinch a 2-0 victory over the defending NASL champion Minnesota Stars over the weekend.

"Daniel made some big saves and punches on Saturday, and I thought his overall performance was outstanding," Silverbacks interim head coach Eric Wynalda said in a statement. "Any time you shut out a team like the Stars in their own backyard, it usually has a lot to do with the goalkeeper, and it was no different on Saturday."

Illyes joined the Silverbacks this season after playing professional soccer in his native Hungary for 10 years. He has started 15 of this season's 16 games.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

Silverbacks sign new midfielder

Silverbacks sign new midfielder

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed 24-year-old Borfor Carr as the newest member of the team, the club announced Friday.

Carr offiically joins the Silverbacks after an impressive extended trial during preseason training camp.