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.
Here is the list of preseason trialists, with brief information on each of them below:
- Brad Stisser
- Isaiah Ferguson
- Lubo Kocic
- Ferrety Sousa
- Ryan Roushandel
- Mark Withers
- Brandon Manzanelli
- Matt Mason
Stisser, who knows Coach Haynes from his time with the Real Colorado Foxes, played with USL side Charlotte Eagles last season. The 26-year-old forward actually scored a goal against the Silverbacks in a preseason fixture in Charlotte last season.
A former Trinidad and Tobago youth international, Ferguson played for the New York Red Bulls Academy prior to playing college soccer – first with University of South Carolina-Upstate and then University of South Florida. He plays as a midfielder.
Kocic comes to Atlanta on trial after spending part of the 2012 season with the San Antonio Scorpions. The Serbian-American midfielder has experience training and playing in Spain and Puerto Rico, and played his college soccer for the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
Competing at the Silverbacks combine in Atlanta and the NASL combine in Fort Lauderdale, Sousa impressed the Silverbacks coaching staff. The Raleigh native helped lead the RailHawks U-23 team to a USASA national championship.
Roushandel, a former standout at the University of Central Florida, has played professionally with Costa Rican side Brujas FC and Puerto Rican side Sevilla de Puerto Rico.
A player that has experience training and playing in Mexico, Ecuador, and Germany, Withers is a skillful outside midfielder that has impressed many scouts, including those at the 2012 InfoSport Combine.
Manzonelli signed with Spanish giants Villareal CF in 2006, appearing in numerous games for their youth sides. After going on trial in England, the St. Louis native signed with the New England Revolution, making his debut in the U.S. Open Cup against the Richmond Kickers. The 23-year-old midfielder has also played with the U.S. U-20 National Team, making four appearances and recording three assists.
Mason played high school soccer for Ohio powerhouse Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy – the same school that produced former Silverbacks forward Matt Horth. The forward was then recruited to play for Caleb Porter at the Universtiy of Akron.