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Silverbacks sign CONCACAF's top scorer during the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign

Jared Wickerham

The Atlanta Silverbacks announced a somewhat noteworthy move today, confirming they've reached an agreement to sign Belize international Deon McCaulay. McCaulay is a 26-year old striker, and scored 11 goals in eight games during Belize's attempt to qualify for the World Cup. That total led CONCACAF, and was good enough to see him level with both Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez for the top total anywhere.

McCaulay caught the eye of one of the better sides in MLS last season, trialing with the Portland Timbers during the spring. He didn't end up latching on with the club, instead returning to Belize.

The 5'9" McCaulay is best known for having excellent speed and balance, and should be an interesting player to watch when the Cosmos host Atlanta to open the 2014 season. He's the same sort of explosive option on the counterattack that caused Gio Savarese's side issues at times in 2013, and will be a great addition to the league if his international form translates to the club level in the NASL.