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sancho8.jpgThe Atlanta Silverbacks have announced today the acquisition of former Trinidad & Tobago national team defender Brent Sancho, pending USSF and international clearance. The Silverbacks have also completed a trade bringing Minnesota Thunder forward Aaron Paye to Atlanta.
Sancho played eight years for the Trinidad & Tobago national team from 1999-2006, including the 2006 World Cup where he faced the likes of England, Sweden, and Paraguay. Sancho also helped lead St. John's University to its sole national title back in 1996. No stranger to the USL, Sancho played for both the Portland Timbers and the Charleston Battery from 2000-2002.The deal comes after  the player struggled to find himself a club over the past few months.
"I am excited to be back in the USL, and am just taking it one day at a time," noted Sancho earlier today. "While Portland is like a second home to me, I am thrilled to be playing for Atlanta and their fans."

The 31 year-old defender has been brought on to bring stability to the Atlanta defense. While the team has scored a league-high 31 goals, the Silverbacks have also let in a league-high 33 goals. The addition of the 6'2", 200 lb. Sancho to the defense will be an imposing presence.

"I know what coach [Jason Smith] expects of me," said Sancho. "I feel quite comfortable filling that role for this team, and I am ready to hit the ground running."