The Atlanta Silverbacks are playing their 14th professional season in 2013, meaning the club has been home to dozens upon dozens of players over the years. Whether it was during the club’s A-League, USL, or NASL days, the Silverbacks have had a host of players from all over the world. Because of this, the Silverbacks have become well represented in all levels of professional play, not only in the U.S., but also across the world. This week, the folks at atlantasilverbacksfc.com wanted to take a look at where many of those players are now.
DEFENDER CHRIS KLUTE (2012–) – Klute is currently on a season-long loan with the Colorado Rapids of MLS, meaning he is technically still Silverbacks property. Signed from the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves midway through the 2012 season, Klute made an astronomical ascent through the ranks. The former U.S. youth international made just 12 appearances for the Silverbacks before catching the eye of the Rapids in late 2012. The Silverbacks agreed to loan him out to the MLS side, and Klute hasn’t looked back since. The 23-year-old defender has made 11 total starts for the Rapids, and in those games, the club has only dropped one game. He has also registered three assists in his short time with the Rapids.
FORWARD MACOUMBA KANDJI (2007-2008) – Kandji graduated to the Major League Soccer ranks following an impressive stint with the Silverbacks, his first professional club. He played in MLS for nearly four seasons, splitting time between the New York Red Bulls, Colorado Rapids, and Houston Dynamo. “Mac” as everyone calls him, won the 2010 MLS Cup with the Rapids and played an integral role in the winning goal in the final. He has since moved to Greece where he is currently in his first season with second-division side Kalloni FC. He has played in 19 games, and has tallied six goals and two assists.
FORWARD MATT HORTH (2011-2012) – A player that many considered the face of the franchise for the Silverbacks’ first two NASL seasons, Horth has moved on to the Major League Soccer ranks. After scoring 18 goals in 49 appearances for the Silverbacks, Horth signed with the New England Revolution – a club that plays its games not far from where Horth attended college. Although still under contract with the Revolution, Horth has been sent out on loan to the Rochester Rhinos of the USL. Horth has logged 386 minutes so far this season, and has scored one goal, which was a game-winner.
GOALKEEPER JIMMY MAURER (2011) – The Atlanta native was the Silverbacks first-choice goalkeeper during their inaugural NASL season in 2011. Following his stint with the Silverbacks, he moved onto the Chilean ranks, signing with top division side Universidad de Concepción. Although Maurer showed well in Chile, he moved back to the U.S. to pursue professional opportunities. After training with the Silverbacks in the preseason, the former University of South Carolina standout signed with the New York Cosmos, who will begin NASL play in August.
DEFENDER MARIO PÉREZ (2011) – The former Mexican international is back in his native country, plying his trade with second division side Necaxa. It’s Pérez’s fourth stint with Necaxa, a club where he has made over 150 league appearances. Following his time in Atlanta, Pérez moved to the Mexican top flight with Estudiantes Tecos, making 24 appearances from 2011-2012.
MIDFIELDER RAPHAEL COX (2011-2012) – Cox still plays in the NASL, just not with the Silverbacks. The former Real Salt Lake man has been playing with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL since late 2012, meaning he was a part of their championship-winning team last season. He has made 16 total appearances for the team, scoring one goal and picking up NASL Player of the Week honors earlier this season.
FORWARD ANSU TOURE (2007-2008) – Following his stint with the Silverbacks, Toure went onto play professionally in Canada, Switzerland, and now Denmark. He is currently playing for FC Vestsjaelland in the Danish first division. The Liberian international has made 11 appearances for the team since 2012, tallying one assist.
DEFENDER TYLER RUTHVEN (2011) – IK Brage of the Swedish second division recently signed Ruthven after the Atlanta area native spent a year with the New York Red Bulls of MLS. Ruthven has already made seven starts for the Swedish side.
GOALKEEPER DARYL SATTLER (2007-2008) – After a standout season with the San Antonio Scorpions in 2012, Sattler signed with fellow NASL side Minnesota United FC in 2013. The 6-foot-2 shot stopper quickly established himself as the club’s first choice and has appeared in six league games this season.
MIDFIELDER GRANT KERR (2011) – After playing with the Silverbacks for half of the 2011 season, the Scotsman left the U.S. altogether and is now playing with VPS in Finland’s Premier League. He has already made appearances in 10 matches for his new club.
DEFENDER MATTIAS SCHNORF (2011) – Schnorf, a fan favorite during his short time in Atlanta, has returned to his native country of Switzerland to continue his professional career. In 2012, he signed with FC Schaffhausen, who compete in the third division of the Swiss professional ranks. He has played in 37 matches for the club, starting 35. FC Schaffhausen is the fourth Swiss professional team that Schnorf has played for.
MIDFIELDER CIARAN O’BRIEN (2011-2012) – A mainstay in the Silverbacks’ lineup for two seasons, O’Brien recorded 47 appearances, scoring 6 goals. After the 2012 season, he signed on with the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL. He has played in a total of 3 games for the Railhawks this season.
MIDFIELDER JUNIOR SANDOVAL (2011) – Sandoval, who played locally at Georgia Perimeter College, caught the eye of Honduran giants CD Marathón after showing well for the Silverbacks in 2011. Sandoval is from Honduras, and began playing for Marathón in 2012.
MIDFIELDER DANILO TURCIOS (2012) – A veteran of the top professional ranks in Mexico, Uruguay, Honduras, and Guatemala, Turcios now calls Honduran second-division side UPNFM his new home. The 35-year-old midfielder represented Honduras in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa before coming to Atlanta in 2012. He made 13 appearances for the club before returning home to Honduras to continue his professional career with Real Sociedad.
MIDFIELDER TONY MCMANUS (2005-2008; 2012) – The franchise’s all-time leader in appearances, McManus recently hung up the boots after nearly 10 professional seasons. The Memphis, Tenn. native has moved onto the coaching in the collegiate ranks. He is now the men’s assistant coach at Stetson University in Deland, Fla.