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Silverbacks add attacker, possibly lose MF Perez

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

On the heels of the team's first win, the Atlanta Silverbacks added forward Conor Chinn on Friday, but may lose midfielder Mario Perez to the Mexican Primera Division.

Chinn's arrival should help a team that has scored just five goals in 10 games this season. He was drafted in third round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by New York. He played in nine games with the Red Bulls in 2010 before moving to Real Salt Lake, where he didn't see any action this year.

The native of La Jolla, Calif., scored 37 goals and assisted on 12 more in 78 games collegiately at the University of San Francisco.

But the Silverbacks will likely lose Perez, a talented defender who was registered with the Mexican Federation on Thursday. Perez will be unavailable for the team's game Sunday against FC Tampa Bay as he travels to Mexico to explore his options. His rights in the division are held by Estudiantes Tecos.

"It's a goal of the Silverbacks to find and develop talent and help them move to bigger and better things," team president Michael Oki said. "It's unfortunate to lose a player of Mario's caliber, but I'm confident we'll continue to nurture talent here in Atlanta, improving the players themselves and advancing the organization as a whole."