Silverbacks Announce Pair of Player Signings
Defender Andrew Duran comes to Atlanta on loan from the MLS' Seattle Sounders FC, and forward Jahbari Willis joins the team from the Silverbacks Reserves.
The Atlanta Silverbacks have added two players to their active roster, signing defender Andrew Duran and forward Jahbari Willis, the club announced Friday, pending USSF approval.
Joining the Silverbacks on a season-long loan from Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer, Duran was the 15th overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. The versatile defender signed with the Sounders after a successful four-year career at Creighton University. A native of Mokena, IL, Duran took home Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors during his senior season and helped anchor one of the top defenses in NCAA history. The 6-foot-1 defender helped the Bluejays record a staggering 19 shutouts in 24 games in 2011.
"We're excited to bring in a defender of Andrew’s caliber," said Silverbacks Head Coach Alex Pineda Chacón in a statement. "He experienced a lot of success during an impressive college career, and we think he will really help improve our team."
Willis, a hometown product, signs with the Silverbacks first team after spending the early part of the 2012 season with the Silverbacks Reserves. The Atlanta native scored a goal in each of the two games he played in for the Reserves this season and has been recently training with the professional side. The 6-foot-2 forward spent four strong seasons playing for Florida International University before joining the Silverbacks Reserves in NPSL play.
"Jabari has impressed us recently with his offensive abilities, so we're thrilled to be able to add him to the roster," Chacón said. "Whenever we're signing players from the Reserves, it shows that the talent development system that we have in place is working well."
Willis will wear No. 77 for the Silverbacks, and Duran will wear No. 17. Both players are in Atlanta with the team and could possibly play in Saturday's contest at home against the Carolina RailHawks.
Saturday's game kicks off at 7:30pm at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.