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Fans to decide whether soccer club is Silverbacks or Chiefs

The Atlanta Silverbacks announced their "Decision 2012: Silverbacks or Chiefs" campaign this week to give their fans and others in the community the opportunity to decide the team's name for the future.

The unique campaign will feature three voting options: keep the current team name, bring back the name of the city's first ever professional team, the Atlanta Chiefs, or write in a team name of their own.

"Being community and fan-oriented is very important to our organization," said Silverbacks chairman Boris Jerkunica. "We want the community to have a stake in where we're going as a club, so we're excited to give them a voice and let them be a part of a decision that fans normally wouldn't be able to make."

Beginning on Tuesday and running through Nov. 6, the same day as the U.S. Presidential Election, the general public will be able to place their vote for next year's team name. Ballots will be available online at atlantasilverbacks.com and at various events including the final two Silverbacks home games (Sept. 15 and 19).

The Silverbacks currently compete in the North American Soccer League (NASL), a league that was re-launched in 2011. The franchise is in the midst of their 13th season as Atlanta's professional soccer team. Starting in 1968, The Chiefs competed in the original NASL, taking home the league's inaugural championship. The team's 1968 title was the first for an Atlanta professional sports team.

To vote, visit atlantasilverbacks.com/Decision2012.