Silverbacks make head coaching change

The Atlanta Silverbacks announced Monday that head coach Jose Manuel Abundis has been relieved of his head coaching duties and has been replaced by assistant coach Alex Pineda Chacon. The soccer club suffered through a 4-20-4 record last season, its first in NASL play. It earned just 16 points in 28 games.

Chacon, 41, joined the Silverbacks' staff in 2007 and was assistant coach for two seasons of USL and one season of NASL play. The Honduras native had a long professional playing career that included earning the Major League Soccer MVP in 2001, when he had 19 goals and nine assists for the Miami Fusion.

"As we begin to build our team for 2012, we're excited to do it with a head coach like Alex, who has the experience, leadership and determination needed to succeed in the NASL," Silverbacks president Michael Oki said. "Alex understands we have high expectations for him, and he is looking forward to getting to work, so he can produce results on the field right away."