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Silverbacks bolster midfield, defense with signings

After successful trials with the team during the preseason, the Atlanta Silverbacks announced the signings of defender Bobby Reiss and midfielders Brandon Manzonelli and Mark Withers.

Reiss, whose signing was announced Wednesday, is in his first professional contract. The 22-year-old is a former teammate of Atlanta's Richie Menjivar from youth programs and at Cal State Fullerton. Reiss is a central defender who can also play wide.

Manzonelli, 23, has experience with European clubs Villareal CF, Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers. The St. Louis native also has seen action with the U.S. U-18 and U-20 teams and spent a year with the New England Revolution.

Withers, a native of Lake Mary, Fla., previously played with the Dallas Sidekicks of the Professional Arena Soccer League.

He spent time last year with the Silverbacks Reserves.