Former U.S. youth international, Chris Klute, adds depth to Silverbacks defense

Atlanta Silverbacks Examiner

The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed defender Chris Klute, the club announced Thursday, pending USSF approval.

Klute, 22, comes to the Silverbacks first team after spending the last two seasons with the Silverbacks Reserves, who compete in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The 6-foot-1 defender also played two college seasons, spending one season each at Furman University andClayton State University.

“I’m so happy for Chris to have the opportunity to sign with our professional team,” said Reserves Head Coach Ricardo Montoya. “Since the first time I saw him play, I knew that he had the ability to compete at the highest level.”

A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Klute was a standout in high school, earning the opportunity to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He would go on to play for the U-17 and U-20 U.S. national teams, helping the U-17 team qualify for the2007 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.