February 26, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) - The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) today announced the official name for Ottawa’s new North American Soccer League (NASL) franchise will be Ottawa Fury FC. The decision was made after consulting Ottawa soccer fans in a “name the team campaign,” which generated some 4,000 suggestions.
When the Atlanta Silverbacks begin preseason training camp in Atlanta on Saturday, the team will be looking to rekindle the spirit and momentum with which they ended the 2012 season. With a returning group largely made up of players who made a clear impact on the team’s midseason turnaround last year, the Silverbacks aren’t just hoping to achieve their first winning season since joining the NASL in 2011 – they’re hoping to win it all.
With preseason training camp set to begin this weekend in Atlanta, the Silverbacks have released a list of trialists who will be coming in to fight for a 2013 roster spot. Several of the players were discovered at the Silverbacks’ local combines, held in December and January, and the NASL combine, which just took place a few weeks ago in Fort Lauderdale.
Founded in late 2011, the Atlanta Ultras (AU) are the fastest-growing Atlanta Silverbacks supporters group. Known for their unmistakable passion at Silverbacks home games, the Ultras are looking to make a statement in 2013. With the club’s preseason set to begin in about a week, atlantasilverbacks.com caught up with Ultras President STEVE GURLEN to talk about the group’s plans for the upcoming season.
The Atlanta Silverbacks ended the 2012 season in impressive fashion, conceding only four goals over their final seven games. Two of the players who were at the forefront of the team’s defensive dominance were defenders BETO NAVARRO and MIKE RANDOLPH. On Tuesday, the Silverbacks announced the return of the trio, taking another big step towards fielding a team that the club hopes will challenge for its first ever league title.
Over the last several weeks, the Atlanta Silverbacks and United Way of Greater Atlanta have been working together to find corporate partners to support their upcoming initiative, Atlanta Soccer Jersey Day. The initiative is aimed at raising money for programs that help Atlanta area youth avoid risky behaviors.
For two seasons, forward Matt Horth was one of the faces of the Atlanta Silverbacks, leading the team in scoring and building up a deserved reputation as one of the true nice guys around the league. Horth has since moved on from the Silverbacks, signing with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, but in an in-depth interview conducted this week, the 6-foot-3 forward from Akron, Ohio insists he’ll never forget his time in Atlanta. Here is Part II of the interview: