Montreal Impact’s Matt Jordan Retires; Strikers Sign 2 Defenders and Silverbacks Announce Reserve Team
Matt Jordon Retires; Takes New Role with Impact
The Montreal Impact’s Matt Jordan has announced his retirement. The 35-year-old goalkeeper may be finished on the field but he’s not leaving the game. Jordan is heading in a new direction with the Impact as he turns in his keeper gloves for a desk job.
The Impact announced this week that Jordan is going to stay on with the team as Director of Soccer Operations. The team also announced Nick De Santis will move from technical director to sporting director as the team moves towards its first MLS season in 2012.
“I want to surround myself with people I can trust,” said De Santis. “Matt knows the team’s philosophy and knows what it will take to get to the next level and achieve success. He understands the league very well and adds even more credibility to our staff. Matt Jordan was the ideal candidate for this position.”
Jordan notched 42 shutouts in his 115 games played for the Impact. The Colorado native spent time with the Dallas Burn, Columbus Crew and the Colorado Rapids of MLS before moving to Montreal as the #1 keeper the last three seasons.
Strikers Sign 2 Defenders
The NASL’s Strikers announced this week the signing of two defenders from last season’s Miami FC squad, Aaron Hohlbein and English player Martyn Lancaster. In other NASL news, the Atlanta Silverbacks announced the 2011 debut of their new reserve squad.
Hohlbein, 25, joined Miami FC late last season on loan from the Kansas City Wizards of MLS. Hohlbein had made forty appearances for the Wizards since 2007 following his Big 10 career at the University of Wisconsin. Hohlbein arrived in time for Miami’s last ten matches in USSF D2 play, contributing to the team’s late turnaround in which they went unbeaten in their last five league matches.
A thirty year-old native of Wigan, England, Lancaster began his professional career with lower-division side Chester City in 1998. The 6’1″ defender also played in the USL with the Wilmington Hammerheads and Atlanta Silverbacks before returning to the UK to play a season for Queen of the South in Scotland’s 2nd division. Lancaster joined Miami FC in 2010, and appeared in 21 matches. The signings of Lancaster and Hohlbein brings experience to the Striker’s back line.
“We are happy to have both Martyn and Aaron back for the 2011 season. They both are leaders not only on the field but off it as well. We expect both of them to strengthen our defensive group as that is an important piece of the puzzle,” states Strikers Head Coach Daryl Shore. “A winning club starts with a strong team core and that’s what we are putting together here.” The Strikers had previously announced the signings of David Santamaria and former FC Tampa Bay forward Aaron Wheeler, along with renewing the options on 2010 players Matt Glaeser, Zach Kirby and Paulinho Le Petit.
Atlanta Names Reserve Team
The Atlanta Silverbacks announced that they will field a reserve team, the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves, that will play in the National Premier Soccer League, a fourth-tier league, in 2011. The team, owned by Chris Goeckel, has competed in the NPSL since 2007 as FC Atlanta and are now official partners of the NASL club. The FC Atlanta club won the NPSL’s Southeast region title in 2008 and qualified for the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Silverbacks Reserves will continue to be coached by Ricardo Montoya with assistance from Alejandro Pombo, Bert Leonard and physical trainer Juan Castellanos. The Costa Rica- born Montoya and Pombo, who hails from Uruguay, will be entering their fourth season together with the NPSL franchise. Teams in the NPSL play between a minimum of ten and a maximum of sixteen regular league games per season, and former professional players are allowed to compete in the league along with high school and college athletes.
We’re excited about the chance to become a part of the Silverbacks family,” said Goeckel. “The new relationship will give us a powerful way to develop players and the sport, while providing the Atlanta community yet another opportunity to watch great soccer.” The Silverbacks will not only use their reserve team to develop young talent but will also be able to call up players from the reserves to the senior team.