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Atlanta Silverbacks is an American professional soccer team based in Atlanta, Georgiamarker, United Statesmarker. Founded in 1995, the team played in the USL First Division (USL-1), the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, until 2008; it is scheduled to join the new North American Soccer League in 2010. The team sat out the 2009 USL First Division season while the ownership "assessed the soccer landscape".

The team plays its home games at RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadiummarker, a soccer-specific stadium in Chamblee, Georgiamarker, 15 miles northeast of downtown Atlantamarker. The team's colors were red and black.

The team had a development team, Atlanta Silverbacks U23's, which played in the USL Premier Development League, and a sister organization, the Atlanta Silverbacks Women, which continues to play in the women's USL W-League.


The franchise began as the Atlanta Ruckus in 1995 and played in the A-League. The club was re-named the Silverbacks in 1998, after a change in ownership. The name comes from a silverback gorilla named Willie B.marker, who was a main attraction of Zoo Atlantamarker until his death.

In November 2009 the Silverbacks announced their intent to leave the USL First Division to become the co-founders of a new North American Soccer League, which would begin play in 2010. The league, which has yet to be sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation or the Canadian Soccer Association, would also comprise the Carolina RailHawks, Crystal Palace Baltimore, Miami FC, Minnesota Thunder, Montreal Impact, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Vancouver Whitecaps and a brand new team led by St. Louis Soccer United.

Final Squad

vs Miami FC, 21 September 2008


Year League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1995 A-League 4th Finalist 2nd Round
1996 A-League 7th Did not qualify Did not qualify
1997 USISL A-League 7th, Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
1998 USISL A-League 6th, Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
1999 USL A-League 5th, Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2000 USL A-League 6th, Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify
2001 USL A-League 5th, Central Did not qualify Did not qualify
2002 USL A-League 3rd, Southeast 1st Round 3rd Round
2003 USL A-League 5th, Southeast Did not qualify 3rd Round
2004 USL A-League 5th, Eastern Did not qualify 4th Round
2005 USL First Division 8th Did not qualify 3rd Round
2006 USL First Division 8th Did not qualify 3rd Round
2007 USL First Division 4th Runner-up 3rd Round
2008 USL First Division 9th Did not qualify 2nd Round
2009 On Hiatus


*-as co-champion

Notable former players


External links


  2. USL outcasts set to launch new league in 2010

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