Gary Smith picked to coach Atlanta Silverbacks

Gary Smith, who led the Colorado Rapids to the 2010 MLS title, has taken over as the head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks, who were taken over by the NASL after struggling on the field and off in 2014. Since leaving MLS in 2012, Smith has managed English third division Stevenage and worked as a consultant for the Irish national team.

"We are proud to welcome Gary to the Silverbacks organization," said Silverbacks president and general manager Andy Smith. "As a proven winner with experience coaching the highest levels of U.S. and international soccer, Gary is the caliber of leader our players and fans deserve."

Gary Smith, 46, was working as a scout for Arsenal in his native England when he joined Colorado to launch the Arsenal youth academy at the Rapids’ facility in 2008. He took over for Fernando Clavijo midway through the 2008 season as interim head coach. In his second full season, Colorado defeated FC Dallas, 2-1, in overtime to claim the club’s first major trophy. But after the 2011 season, his contract was no renewed.

The Silverbacks won the NASL's spring season in 2013 and hosted Soccer Bowl, which they lost to the New York Cosmos, but they slumped to last place in the 2014 fall standings with a 3-11-4 record. An experiment to have Eric Wynalda run the team as technical director and commute to league games failed.

Earlier in December, the NASL assumed control of the team while it searched for new owners. The move came less than a year after Traffic USA sold its interest in the club and the league introduced a new ownership group

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1 comment about "Gary Smith picked to coach Atlanta Silverbacks".
  1. Kyr-Roger St.-Denis, December 24, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.

    I can hardly wait to read how Paul Gardner thinks Atlanta has screwed up by hiring a European instead of a South American.

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