October 29, 2007

No siestas for the Silverbacks

For our 500th post, I figured we should bring it back home to the ATL. Let's look at what's going on in the Monkey House:
  • Omar Jarun played for Palestine in a World Cup qualifier against Singapore, earning his first cap. His father is Palestinian, and he was contacted the team's coach this season. He is out of contract with Atlanta, and doesn't appear to be returning. It's stated in the article that he's looking for a new club, possibly in the Gulf region. He's also signed a two week trial contract with Vancouver and will play in their friendly against the LA Galaxy on November 7. Joey Worthen (Carolina) and Darren Spicer (Minnesota) have also joined the Whitecaps for the match.
  • Rodrigo Rios featured for Hollywood United against a 1997 DC United alumni team in Marco Etcheverry's testimonial match at RFK Stadium. Assistant coach Alex Pineda-Chacon also played in the match, alongside French World Cup winner Frank Lebouf, Scottish defender Richard Gough, American veterans Tab Ramos, Dante Washington, and Eric Wynalda. Other celebrities playing with Rios were Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld of Hootie & the Blowfish, and actor Anthony LaPaglia.
  • Rios is also playing with San Diego of Liga Lawrenceville during the offseason. Many other players are keeping active in the local leagues. Macoumba Kandji is playing with the Silverbacks Reserves in ADASL, David Hayes is scoring goals for AC Silverbacks in ADASL, and Felipe Quintero is playing for Portugal in Liga Lawrenceville.
  • The Silverbacks Reserves (without Kandji, who wasn't registered in time for the competition) won the Champions League at the RE/MAX over the weekend, with a 3-2 win over Tierra Caliente. That's a nice chunk of cash the team earned as well, $15,000.
  • Silverbacks players are also keeping busy in the indoor game with the MISL. Machel Millwood and Scott Buete are playing with the Baltimore Blast (Millwood is scoring goals early in the season) and Angel Rivillo is in Philadelphia with the Kixx. Alvin Hudson played with Chicago in the preseason, but isn't on the roster as of yet.
  • Rumors are out there about MVP runner-up and USL D-1 leading scorer Dan Antoniuk leaving Atlanta. Unless they signed him to a new contract when he joined the team prior to the season in a trade, he's likely out of contract and is free to go elsewhere.
EDIT: It looks like Antoniuk can be added to the MISL crew as he's on the New Jersey Ironmen roster...

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