The NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks announced on Friday the signing of veteran midfielder Blair Gavin, pending USSF approval.
“I’m very excited to get back into a team again and start playing for the Silverbacks,” Gavin said. “When I talked to Eric Wynalda, it seemed like the club had a lot of great things going on, so I look forward to starting a new chapter in Atlanta.”
Gavin, who was selected 10th overall in the 2010 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft, joins the Silverbacks after most recently playing for Seattle Sounders FC. The 25-year-old midfielder has four years of MLS experience under his belt, having started his career with Chivas USA and the New England Revolution before ending up in Seattle.
“I’m extremely familiar with Blair as a player. Living in Los Angeles, I’ve been to a lot of Chivas USA games over the years, and I remember always leaving those games impressed with his abilities,” said Silverbacks Technical Director Eric Wynalda. “He’s an extremely clean player and he works very hard on both sides of the ball, so I’m absolutely thrilled we were able to sign him.”
A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Gavin didn’t waste any time getting on the field after being drafted by Chivas USA in 2010. He amassed 43 appearances – 31 of which were starts – in three seasons with the Los Angeles-based club. Gavin scored three goals during his rookie season, scoring his first professional strike against the Revolution in a 4-0 win.
After impressing at Chivas USA, the New England Revolution made the move to acquire Gavin in a trade in 2012. The 6-foot midfielder stayed with the Revolution until the end of the 2012 season, appearing in a pair of games, before making Seattle his next MLS home in 2013.
A former U.S. youth international, Gavin attended the highly regarded residency program at IMG Soccer Academy. While in high school, he made five appearances for the U.S. U-18 national team in tournaments in a number of different countries including Spain, Portugal, and Slovakia.
Gavin would go on to attend college at the University of Akron – home to one of the nation’s top collegiate soccer programs. In three seasons with the Zips, he scored seven goals and registered six assists, and even notched the game-winning penalty kick against the University of North Carolina to send his team to the NCAA Championship Game in 2009.
The central midfielder represents the Silverbacks’ fourth signing in the last two weeks, joining forwards Matt Horth and Kwadwo Poku and midfielder Junior Sandoval. Gavin will link up with his new teammates when the Silverbacks start preseason training camp in late February.
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