Silverbacks Sign El Salvador National Team Goalkeeper Carrillo
Atlanta (GA) – After last year’s starting goalkeeper Joe Nasco departed for Major League Soccer earlier this month, the Atlanta Silverbacks had some big shoes to fill between the posts. The Silverbacks took their first step in doing so on Wednesday, announcing the signing of El Salvador national team goalkeeper Derby Carrillo, pending league and USSF approval.
The 26-year-old California native comes to Atlanta from Salvadoran first division side Santa Tecla FC. Upon signing with the newly-promoted team in 2012, Carrillo immediately earned the starting goalkeeper spot. He would go on to have success at the club level in El Salvador, opening up the possibility of receiving a national team call-up.
Although he was born in La Mirada, California, Carrillo is of Salvadoran descent, meaning he is eligible to play for the El Salvador National Team. In early 2013, he made his national team debut, starting and posting a shutout against Belize. Silverbacks forward Deon McCaulay, who just signed with the club yesterday, played against Carrillo in that game.
Carrillo, who is an imposing figure at 6-foot-4, has since gone on to make two more national team appearances for El Salvador, playing against a pair of South American sides, Venezuela and Ecuador.
A product of a strong collegiate program at St. John’s University in New York, Carrillo started his career with a pair of PDL sides, Newark Ironbound Express and Kitsap Pumas. In 2010, he caught the eye of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC. Carrillo would train with the Sounders for the entire season, while playing games for the Kitsap Pumas.
In 2011, Carrillo signed his first professional contract, heading back east to sign with USL Pro side FC New York. He started in the club’s first ever league game, which was played against Orlando City SC. After his stint in New York ended, Carrillo linked up with Silverbacks Technical Director Eric Wynalda, who was entering his amateur team, Cal FC, into the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Carrillo would go on to play a big part in the team’s historic run in the Cup, serving as the starting goalkeeper in wins over a pair of professional sides, the Wilmington Hammerheads and Portland Timbers. Carrillo and his Cal FC teammates became a big story in the soccer community, and many of the players received opportunities to play professionally shortly thereafter – in Carrillo’s case with Santa Tecla FC.
He is one of many former Cal FC players that has followed Wynalda to Atlanta, and will join several familiar faces on the Silverbacks roster this season, having previously played with Mike Randolph, Pablo Cruz, Jesus Gonzalez, and Beto Navarro.
“I know Derby very well from his Cal FC days, and what he has been able to achieve since then is phenomenal,” Wynalda said. “We know what we’re getting with him on and off the field. He is an international caliber player and a quality person, so we expect big things from him.”
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