The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed goalkeeper Joe Nasco, the club announced Tuesday, pending USSF approval.
Nasco, who was first discovered by the team during their January open combine, has taken an unconventional path to signing his first professional contract. A former All-American at Andrew Junior College and an all-conference player at Birmingham Southern, Nasco battled injuries after his college career before eventually taking a job as a police officer for the Gordon County Sheriff’s Department in Calhoun.
The 6-foot-3 goalkeeper spent a season with the Panama City Pirates (PDL) in 2009 before training with the Chicago Fire (MLS), Puerto Rico Islanders (NASL), and Real Maryland Monarchs (PDL).
It was in January when Nasco caught the eye of the Silverbacks coaching staff at the team’s first open combine. The Kissimmee, Fla. native has been consistently training with the team ever since, and Silverbacks Goalkeepers Coach Jose “Gaucho” Pinho is happy to have him on the team in 2012.
“Joe is a very talented goalkeeper who has earned a spot on the team by having a really impressive preseason,” Pinho said. “He has good character, works hard, and knows how to play the position very well.”
The 27-year-old rookie is expected to serve as the backup to Hungarian goalkeeper Daniel Illyes.