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Silverbacks Sign Midfielder Ryan Leib; USL veteran joins Silverbacks’ roster

ATLANTA (December 18, 2001) – The Atlanta Silverbacks announced today that former Charlotte Eagles midfielder Ryan Leib has signed a three-year contract. Leib is an experienced playmaker entering his eighth professional season.

Leib’s career highlights include captaining an Eagles’ team who earned a 2001 playoff berth in their first A-League season. The Eagles were promoted to the A-League after winning the 2000 D-3 Pro League National Championship. Leib was one of three players to play in all 25 games for Charlotte last season, led the team in minutes played with 2,020, and was second on the Eagles’ point list recording 5 goals and 6 assists for 16 points. In his five seasons with the Eagles Leib tallied 30 goals and 24 assists.

Prior to his time in Charlotte, Leib spent two seasons with the Hampton Roads Mariners and helped them to win the 1996 South Atlantic Conference title. A native of Farmington, Maine Leib attended the University of New Hampshire where he set the freshman scoring record netting 13 goals in his first season. He was a four-time All-New England Region selection and three-time All North Atlantic Athletic Conference selection and is the second all-time leading scorer in UNH history with 36 goals and 20 assists.

Silverbacks’ Head Coach Brett Mosen comments on Leib’s playing style, "Ryan is a versatile midfield player who looks to score goals. He had a solid 2001 season and I am delighted to have him on board."

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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