ATLANTA (December 1, 2010) The Atlanta Silverbacks, in a press conference at Atlanta Silverbacks Park formally announced today a long term joint venture with Traffic Sports that will see the Atlanta Silverbacks Men's professional team join the North American Soccer League ("NASL") for the 2011 season and beyond. The press conference was attended by local media, and area sports leaders.
"After working five years to create a league that is team-owner controlled and managed we are thrilled that USSF has sanctioned the NASL and we are excited to get back to playing soccer again," said Boris Jerkunica, Chairman of the Atlanta Silverbacks.
Michael Oki, President of the Atlanta Silverbacks stated “This is a historic day for soccer in Atlanta. We look forward to working with Traffic Sports as a key strategic partner in bringing their soccer expertise from around the globe to our organization.”
"Atlanta is a first class sports market with a rich history of supporting the highest level of professional soccer," said Aaron Davidson, Chief Executive Officer of the NASL and Vice President of Traffic Sports. "Returning professional soccer to Atlanta at a high level reinforces the vision and ambition of the NASL and our member teams share with the supporters in this market with whom we had extensive meetings the past several days and will continue to engage meaningfully in the re-establishment of men’s professional soccer in this region."
Fernando Clavijo, Director of Player Affairs for the NASL and Director of Soccer for Traffic Sports USA stated “The Atlanta market has a great history of developing top talent for the professional game including US Youth International, Brian Dominguez of Miami FC, who has joined us today. We are excited to be here and will work diligently to create a positive environment for local talenhttp://www.nasl.com/article/atlanta-silverbacks-to-play-in-nasl