Former Silverbacks defender and Alpharetta native Tyler Ruthven has signed with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, according to multiple media outlets.
Ruthven, the son of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Dick Ruthven, started 27 games for the Silverbacks during the 2011 season, scoring one goal and tallying two assists. The University of South Carolina product was named NASL Defensive Player of the Week in July last season.
The 23-year-old center back becomes the second Silverbacks player to sign with the Red Bulls, following forward Macoumba Kandji, who played for the club from 2008-2010. With the move, Ruthven will join a Red Bulls team that features several international stars including French forward Thierry Henry and Mexican defender Rafael Marquez.
Ruthven is the third Silverbacks player in less than a year to sign with a top-flight team. Last June, defender Mario Pérez moved to Estudiantes Tecos of the Mexican first division, while goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer signed with Universidad de Concepción of the Chilean first division in January of this year.