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Atlanta Silverbacks Name Rodrigo Rios Director of Soccer

From the NASL website.

Rodrigo Rios Named as Atlanta Silverbacks Director of Soccer …Combine Dates Announced

ATLANTA, GA- The Atlanta Silverbacks announced the appointment of Rodrigo Rios, former captain of the Atlanta Silverbacks and Chilean International, as Director of Soccer.  In this new role with the Silverbacks, Rios will oversee the coaching staff and player development for the club.  After the 2008 season, Rios moved into an operations role with Atlanta Silverbacks Park where he continued to be an integral part of the organization. 

President of the Atlanta Silverbacks, Michael Oki stated, “After working closely with Rodrigo for so many years, it became clear that his talents could be utilized to their full potential with the return of the Men’s professional team.  We look forward to having Rodrigo in the front office and him continuing to be an integral part of this organization.”

One of Rios’s first duties in his new role will be to develop a coaching staff and set up player tryouts for the 2011 season.

“After six years with the Atlanta Silverbacks as a player, captain, and staff member I am excited to continue to work with the organization on the re-launch of the pro team.  It is an exciting time for soccer in Atlanta and we are continuing to look at ways we can improve both on and off the field,” said Rios.  “I know that the community is also very interested to know about the coaching staff.  We are working to finalize our selections and are taking all factors into consideration before making our announcement,” commented Rios. 

Traffic Sports USA, strategic partners in the Atlanta Silverbacks, highlighted the need for the position within the Atlanta Silverbacks.  Fernando Clavijo, Director of Soccer for Traffic Sports USA, quickly recognized Rios as an asset to the organization. 

“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity for the club to hire an individual with the background of Rodrigo Rios who is both a quality player and individual on and off the field.  Moreover, as a former Silverbacks player it is a plus for not only the team but the community as well,” said Clavijo.   

The Atlanta Silverbacks open the 2011 regular season on April 9th against the NSC Minnesota Stars at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.  Ticketing packages and single game tickets will be made available shortly. 

For more information, please call 1-404-969-4900 or visit www.atlantasilverbacks.com

Silverbacks Combine Dates Announced

2011 Combine/Tryout Dates

The Atlanta Silverbacks announced today that they will be holding three open combines at Atlanta Silverbacks Park to scout talent for their 2011 roster

Each combine will encompass a three day trial which will be open to the public.  All sessions will be overseen by the Atlanta Silverbacks coaching staff which will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Participants will be required to register prior to the combines that will be held on January 28-30, February 18-20, and March 4-6 of 2011.  Applications for the combine can be found online at www.atlantasilverbacks.com/tryouts.

The Atlanta Silverbacks open the 2011 regular season on April 9th against the NSC Minnesota Stars at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.  Ticketing packages and single game tickets will be made available shortly. 

For more information, please call 1-404-969-4900 or visit www.atlantasilverbacks.com.  For more information on the combines, please contact Rodrigo Rios at 1-404-969-4921 or at rodrigo.rios@atlantasilverbacks.com.

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