NASL is back to square one with Silverbacks

The North American Soccer League has assumed control of Atlanta Silverbacks while it searches for new owners. The move comes less than a year after Traffic USA sold its interest in the club and the league introduced a new ownership group.

Longtime chairman Boris Jerkunica and vice chairman John Latham were joined by brothers Henry and John Hardin only weeks after the Silverbacks hosted Soccer Bowl 2013 they lost to the New York Cosmos, 1-0.

A lot has happened since. An experiment to have Eric Wynalda run the team as technical director and commute to league games failed, and the team later collapsed in the fall championship. MLS has also announced plans to move into Atlanta in 2017, putting a cloud over the Silverbacks' future in the market.

"We have tremendous belief in the Atlanta market, and we know that we can have long-term success there," said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson in a statement. "Silverbacks fans are among the most passionate in the league, and they deserve a committed ownership group that will run the team at a high level for years to come."
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