March 11, 2011 - North American Soccer League (NASL) - Atlanta Silverbacks
The Silverbacks may have a new-look team in 2011, but the club brought back a familiar face on Friday when they announced the return of veteran goalkeeper FELIPE QUINTERO, pending USSF approval.
The upcoming season will be Quintero's fourth with the Silverbacks; he was the team's starting goalie from 2006-2008 and is its only returning player.
The 6-foot-1 Quintero started his career in the youth system of Chivas de Guadalajara, earning a spot on Mexico's under-20 national team in 1999. He went on to play professional soccer in his native Mexico, competing for ngeles de Puebla, Ciudad Juarez, and Quertaro. He then played with Irapuato, contributing to the team's 2004 second division championship, before playing his last season of Mexican soccer with Lobos de la BUAP in 2005.
"There isn't a lot in professional soccer that Felipe hasn't seen before," said Silverbacks Goalkeepers Coach Jos "Gaucho" Pinho. "It's going to be very helpful for our team to have such a veteran leader on the field."
Spread across three generations in his family, Quintero, 31, is the sixth professional goalkeeper. The tradition started with his grandfather Francisco Quintero Nava, who was a member of the Mexican national team that played in the 1948 Olympics in London.
Quintero is currently participating in training camp at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, as the team prepares for its April 9 season opener against the NSC Minnesota Stars.