Former World Cup Midfielder Brent Sancho Signs with the USL’s Atlanta Silverbacks

Brent Sancho, the former Trinidad and Tobago National Team defender famously remembered for his run-in with Peter Crouch in the 2006 World Cup, has inked a deal to play for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL’s First Division. After having played in Europe over the past six years, for teams in the Scottish First Division and England’s League One, Sancho has decided to return to the United States. Although the World Cup veteran has battled injury over the past year, he believes that his trials with Wrexham FC and play for Ross County have allowed him to fully regain his health and he is ready to play at the professional level here in the US. MLF Sports, Brent’s managing Agency has been working actively with a number of teams in the US over the past month, a process which ultimately resulted in Brent signing with Atlanta. When asked about the move, Sancho said, “I’m really happy to be here in Atlanta with such a quality organization, and I’m looking forward to being able to concentrate on soccer and nothing else.” Heather MacKenzie of MLF Sports said the following about Brent’s decision to sign with the Silverbacks, “After closely considering all the opportunities open to a player of Sacho’s caliber, I am glad that Brent chose to come to Atlanta. I believe it was a good move for him, as he will be able to showcase his skills and extensive international experience in a league that is constantly raising the bar and improving the level of play associated with American soccer.”

The First Division of the USL, or United Soccer Leagues is a conglomeration of eleven teams that play throughout the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. In recent competition in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, a tournament which pits teams from every level of the US Soccer pyramid against one another, the USL’s First Division has shown surprising talent. Though the First Division is ranked as the second league behind the MLS, in seven match-ups between the USL and the MLS, the teams of the First Division came away victorious in four of them, and are guaranteed to have to a representative in the Cup Championship, which will take place on August 24th. With the quality of American professional soccer growing by leaps and bounds, Brent is eager to bring his international talent to the fore and compete with an expanding group of world class athletes.

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