Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed midfielders Nico Colaluca and Jordan Davis, as well as forward David Santamaria, pending USSF approval, the club announced Tuesday.
Colaluca, 25, returns to the Silverbacks after spending the second half of the 2011 season with the club. The Rhode Island native appeared in eight games for the Silverbacks, starting five and scoring one goal in the team's final road game of the season against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The 5-foot-9 midfielder out of Virginia came to Atlanta from Swedish side Norrby IF in 2011. Prior to playing in Europe, Colaluca spent time with a pair of MLS teams, the Colorado Rapids and the New England Revolution, from 2007-10.
A native of Peachtree City, Davis was the only player on the Silverbacks roster to play in all 28 games last season. The 5-foot-10 midfielder started 27 games in 2011, and scored his first professional goal against FC Tampa Bay on June 12. Davis, 29, is a former captain of the Georgia State University men's team.
Coming to the Silverbacks on a season-long loan from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Santamaria joins Stephen Ademolu and Reinaldo Navia as the team's new signings at forward. The 21-year-old Miami native appeared in 13 games for the Strikers during the 2011 NASL season, scoring two goals. Santamaria started his youth career with the Miami FC Academy and spent one season with Jacksonville University before eventually signing his first professional contract with the Strikers in 2011.