ATLANTA (April 10, 2001) – The Atlanta Silverbacks signed midfielder Steve Armas this weekend shortly after his release from the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer.
Armas had only just begun the 2000 season with the Raleigh Capital Express when he was chosen as a “Discovery Player” by the Columbus Crew in mid-May. He spent the rest of the season in Columbus fending off a nagging injury. At the end of the 2000 season he joined the Tampa Bay Mutiny, and has spent the last few months in Tampa for pre-season.
Head Coach John Dugan is very happy to have Armas back on his team. “I was very sorry to see Steve leave Raleigh last season. I have been in contact with him over the last five months with the notion that if things didn’t work out for him in Tampa I wanted him to play for me here in Atlanta.”
Armas was a standout midfielder at the University of Maryland as well as a member of the U-17 and U-20 National Teams. His U-17 team competed in the Youth World Championships in Japan.
The Silverbacks also announced today that forward Patrick Beech will not be returning to the Silverbacks roster this season. He will head to Connecticut to join the A-League’s Connecticut Wolves. After numerous internal discussions both parties decided it was for the best.
Silverbacks’ General Manager Mike Balson commented on Patrick’s departure. “We are very sorry to lose a player of Patrick’s ability, however, he wasn’t prepared to share playing time. It was evident to us that he wasn’t happy here, and we wish him all the best in Connecticut. We feel that the good of the team as a whole should always come before individual players.”
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