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Parkview grad Moore signs with Silverbacks

The Atlanta Silverbacks soccer team added a local product to their roster, announcing the signing of Parkview grad Justin Moore on Wednesday.

Moore was a second-round choice, 15th overall, in the 2006 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by FC Dallas. He spent last season with the MLS squad and went through preseason workouts with Dallas, but he didn't make the 18-player senior team roster. FC Dallas offered him a developmental deal, but he declined to consider other options.

In the end, the 23-year-old chose to come home.

"I had A-League options and the best option for me was to be back in Atlanta with my family and friends," said Moore, who is in the process of moving from his parents' house into a new Buford townhouse. "(The Silverbacks) have a new stadium and I'm excited to sign with them. It's definitely a good environment."

While back in Atlanta, Moore hopes to finish his final 15 hours of work on a degree in special education. He also is coaching club soccer teams in Norcross.

Moore played 159 minutes for FC Dallas last season, which followed a career as a four-year starter at Clemson. A defender, he expects to fill that role with the Silverbacks, who are currently using him at right back.

"It's definitely a high level of play (in the A-League)," Moore said. "I was talking to a couple of my buddies from MLS and they asked the difference. It's definitely more physical, but the level of play's not that much

different."