Borfor "Buff" Carr, a 24-year-old attacking midfielder who played for Central Gwinnett, has joined the Atlanta Silverbacks, the club announced Friday.
"It's amazing," Carr said. "I'm happy about being back here. In Romania I was just so far away from my friends and family. I'll be even more happy with those people watching me."
The team was impressed with Carr's performance during preseason tryouts, according to a news release. He played in all of the team's preseason games and scored a goal against Clayton State University.
"Borfor brings versatility and pace to the team, which are two great qualities to have," Silverbacks coach Alex Pineda Chacon said in the release. "He can play different positions and has the ability to blow past defenders with his remarkable speed, so we're happy to add him into our squad after seeing him play very well this preseason."
After graduating from Central in 2006, Carr spent about a year working with Bruno Kalonji, whom he credits with a lot of his success.
"He was responsible for everything that happened to me," Carr said. "He was my mentor and trainer."
Carr is a native of Zqedru, Liberia, and left the country at age 3 for Ivory Coast. At age 14, he moved to Lawrenceville, where his family still lives.
In 2009, Carr started playing for Romanian club CS Concordia Chiajna. He spent two and a half years there before moving back to the metro Atlanta area last year.
Carr may be available for Saturday's game against the Carolina RailHawks. It all depends on when the Romanian federation clears him to start playing for his new team.
The Silverbacks have an experienced attacking midfielder in Danilo Turcios. Carr said they played well together in preseason games.
"I like his style," Carr said. "He's one of the guys I've got to look up to. … They're all great guys who are easy to get along with."