Atlanta (GA) – Adding to an already eventful week of player signings, the Atlanta Silverbacks announced the addition of two more players on Thursday. Goalkeeper Eric Ati and defender Mitch Garcia both agreed to terms with the club this week, pending league and USSF approval.
Ati, who first signed with the Silverbacks in late 2011, returns to the club as one of its longest-tenured players. The 25-year-old goalkeeper has made 10 league appearances for the club, starting nine and posting three clean sheets. Ati shut out the Carolina RailHawks and San Antonio Scorpions on consecutive weeks last May.
Born in Douala, Cameroon, Ati grew up in nearby Lawrenceville, playing at Grayson High School and Southern Polytechnic State University. He is a product of the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves, with whom he played for most of the 2011 season before eventually signing a contract with the first team late in the season.
Garcia joins the Silverbacks after impressing the Silverbacks technical staff this offseason. The 5-foot-10 defender most recently played with the Vermont Voltage of the PDL, but he has experience training abroad. Garcia spent nearly two months training with Polish side Puszcza Niepolomice and one month training with Serbian side FK Cukaricki.
A product of Grand Canyon University in his home state of Arizona, Garcia was named first-team all conference in his junior and senior seasons. After his collegiate career came to a close, he signed with the Arizona Storm, a professional indoor team that competed in the PASL. The 24-year-old outside back recently played with Eric Wynalda’s Cal FC team in an amateur tournament in Las Vegas, impressing him enough to earn a contract with the Silverbacks.
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