Atlanta signs another Cal FC vet and Adebayor's nephew

[NASL 2014 COUNTDOWN] Atlanta Silverbacks technical director Eric Wynalda has added two more players he has followed in California for several years: defender Edgar Espinoza, who played on Wynalda's Cal FC in the 2012 Open Cup and is now with the PDL Los Angeles Misioneros, and midfielder Alex Harlley, nephew of Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, from the NPSL's Santa Clarita Storm.

"Don't let his smile fool you," said Wynalda. "Edgar is a defender that no one will enjoy playing against. I've been watching Edgar for several years now, and he is a player who was extremely instrumental in helping Cal FC qualify for the 2012 U.S. Open Cup. I'm glad we were able to bring him to Atlanta."

Harlley, a 6-foot-2 midfielder, is only 21, and spent time at JC power Yavapai College.

"I've put a lot of miles on my car going to watch Alex play, but he always made it worth the drive," Wynalda said. "He has really impressed me as a player, and he has a wonderful personality to go along with his game. I think he'll really embrace this opportunity with the Silverbacks."

Also signed was Janny Rivera, who has played for the Silverbacks' Reserves.

-- The New York Cosmos opened their 2014 preseason schedule Thursday night with a 1-0 loss in Dubai to Al Shabab Al Arabi. The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers fell to Florida Memorial University, 2-1.

NASL Preseason Schedule:
March 8 in Tampa, Fla.
Univ. of Tampa vs. Tampa Bay
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March 11 in Dubai
Al Wasl vs. New York
March 14 in Conyers, Ga.

Atlanta vs. Southern Polytechnic State Univ.
March 15 in Atlanta
Atlanta vs. Charlotte Eagles
March 15 in Fort Myers, Fla.
FGCU vs. Tampa Bay
March 15 in Gatineau
Ottawa vs. York Univ.
March 15 in Westfield, Ind.
Indy Eleven vs. Tourbeau Soccer Acad.
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March 17 in Derby, England
Derby County vs. Minn. United
March 19 in Langley, B.C.
Trinity Western Univ. vs. FC Edmonton
March 21 in Birmingham, Ala.
UAB vs. Atlanta
March 21 in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester Rhinos vs. Ottawa
March 22 in Louisville, Ky.
Indy Eleven vs. Univ. of Louisville
March 22 in Tampa. Fla.
Tampa Bay vs. Tampa Marauders
March 22 in Burnaby, B.C.
Simon Fraser Univ. vs. FC Edmonton
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March 23 in Morrow, Ga.
Atlanta vs. Auburn Univ.-Montgomery
March 26 in Abbotsford, B.C.
Univ. of Fraser Valley vs.  FC Edmonton
March 29 in Vancouver
Univ. of British Columbia vs. s vs. FC Edmonton
March 29 in New Port Richey, Fla.
Saint Leo Univ. vs. Tampa Bay
March 29 in Atlanta
Atlanta vs. Young Harris College
March 29 in Gatineau
Ottawa vs. Syracuse Univ.
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April 1 in Vancouver
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Edmonton
April 2 in Sunrise, Fla.
Ottawa vs. Floridians FC
April 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Indy Eleven vs. Indiana Univ.
April 5 in Sunrise, Fla.
Ottawa vs.  FIU
April 6 in Atlanta
Atlanta vs. Carson-Newman College
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