Signed February 24, 2014:
Only three players in the entire world scored 11 goals during the qualifying rounds for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the Silverbacks have signed one of them. Belize national team forward DEON MCCAULAY equaled the goal-scoring totals of superstars Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez during the last qualifying cycle, and now he is bringing his talents to Atlanta.
The 26-year-old forward caught fire during the opening rounds of 2014 World Cup qualifying, scoring 11 goals in just eight games. Although Belize was unable to book their place in Brazil, the exploits of McCaulay didn’t go unnoticed.
McCaulay joins the Silverbacks from the Belmopan Bandits of the Premier League of Belize. The Bandits were the fifth Belizean club that McCaulay has played for in his career, joining Kremandala, FC Belize, Belize Defence Force, and R.G. City Boys United. The 5-foot-9 forward has also played professionally in Costa Rica with Puntarenas and in Honduras with Deportes Savio.
A native of the country’s most populous city, Belize City, McCaulay is the national team’s all-time leading scorer. He has tallied 16 goals in 28 appearances for Belize, with 13 of those coming in World Cup qualifiers. McCaulay started and played 90 minutes in Belize’s loss to the United States in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Before the 2013 Gold Cup, McCaulay spent time training with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer during their preseason camp. The prolific forward’s move to the Silverbacks marks the first time he will play professionally in the U.S.
|2014 Season Statistics|
|0||Second yellow cards|
|7||Substitution on bench|