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Former MLS Superstar Signs with Silver Knights

October 11, 2011 - Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) - Syracuse Silver Knights News Release

Syracuse, NY --- The Syracuse Silver Knights are pleased to announce the signing of former Major League Soccer star Diego Serna for the upcoming season, pending league approval.

A native of Medellin, Colombia, Serna began his professional career with Deportivo Independiente Medellin of Colombia's First Division in 1995. Serna then came to the United States to play for the Miami Fusion from 1998-2001. He became Miami's all-time leading scorer with 52 goals in 100 games. He also added 36 assists, finishing with 140 points in the regular season and had a goal and assist in six playoff games.

After Serna's breakout season in Miami, he went on to play for nine other professional teams. He was named MLS Player of the Week and to the league's Best XI in 2001, and was then picked fourth overall in the 2002 MLS allocation draft by the New York/New Jersey Metrostars. Serna also played for the New England Revolution and Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS, finishing his career in the league with 57 goals in 124 games. He remains in the Top 25 in Major League Soccer's all-time scoring list, with his five hat tricks are also tied for the most all-time in league history.

"We're thrilled to bring a player of Diego's caliber to the MISL and to the Silver Knights," said Head Coach Tommy Tanner. "His career speaks for itself and he is one of the top 25 goal scorers in the history of MLS. I'm very excited to see what he can bring to our club and to the league and its fans."

Serna also previously played in the USL First Division, receiving Player of the Week honors in 2009. Fans can watch Serna take the field on Friday, Nov. 4th at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena as the Syracuse Silver Knights kick off their MISL regular season against the Rochester Lancers. The home opener will be played at 7:30 p.m.

The Silver Knights will play 24 games this season, 12 at home, 12 on the road and will compete against teams from Milwaukee, Missouri, Baltimore, Rochester, Wichita, and Norfolk. Tickets are now on sale now! Call (315) 303-7261, visit the Oncenter Box Office or request season tickets online at

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