The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed midfielders NICO COLALUCA and JORDAN DAVIS and forward DAVID SANTAMARIA, pending USSF approval, the club announced Tuesday.
“We’re very pleased to bring back Nico and Jordan and add David to our roster for the 2012 season,” said Silverbacks Director of Soccer Rodrigo Rios. “All three of them are technically-gifted players who know the league well and can add great depth to our team.”
Colaluca. 25, returns to the Silverbacks after spending the second half of the 2011 season with the club. The Providence, Rhode Island native appeared in eight games for the Silverbacks, starting five and scoring one goal in the team’s final road game of the season against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
The 5-foot-9 midfielder came to Atlanta from Swedish side Norrby IF in 2011. Prior to playing in Europe, Colaluca spent time with a pair of MLS teams, the Colorado Rapids and the New England Revolution, from 2007-2010. The former University of Virginia standout is expected to join the club for the start of preseason next week.
A native of Peachtree City, Davis was the only player on the Silverbacks roster to play in all 28 games last season. The 5-foot-10 midfielder started 27 games in 2011, and scored his first professional goal against FC Tampa Bay on June 12.
Davis, 29, is a former captain of the Georgia State University men’s team, and was a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks U-23 team from 2006-2008. He has been doing his offseason training in Atlanta and will be present when the team officially begins training camp next week.
Coming to the Silverbacks on a season-long loan from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Santamaria joins Stephen Ademolu and Reinaldo Navia as the team’s new signings at forward. The 21-year-old Miami native appeared in 13 games for the Strikers during the 2011 NASL season, scoring two goals.
Santamaria, who scored on his professional debut against the Carolina RailHawks last season, started his youth career with the Miami FC Academy. He then spent one collegiate season with Jacksonville University before eventually signing his first professional contract with the Strikers in 2011.
The 5-foot-11 forward will be arriving in Atlanta this weekend, and will be ready to report to preseason training camp next week.
The Silverbacks are scheduled to play their first preseason game on March 3 at 4 p.m. when they host the University of Alabama-Birmingham at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. All of the Silverbacks’ preseason home games are free to the public.