Atlanta, GA (April 20, 2018) – The Atlanta Silverbacks Football Club has announced the re-signing of forward Joao Johanning Mora for the upcoming 2018 NPSL season. Returning for his third year on the pitch, Johanning has been a staple of the Atlanta offense. Last season he led the team in goals scored, and pulled off a hat trick at FC Carolina. He has consistently scored when it matters most.

General manager Phoday Dolleh knows well that having a player as clutch and consistent as Joao is integral to a successful season. “Joao has been a franchise player for this club for two years now, and he has led the club in scoring throughout that time.” During the 2017 campaign, Dolleh also served as the head coach. This opportunity allowed him to get to know Joao on and off the field throughout the year. “I personally think of Joao like family, and am so happy to have him back.”

For those who aren’t familiar with Joao, his personality is as big as his smile. Joao began his career in Costa Rica, playing for five clubs from 2009 to 2012. He signed with the Silverbacks reserves in 2016, and has been with the team since. In his own words, “it takes hard work, dedication, and playing with passion to be a real impact player.” Joao certainly lives up to his goal of being an impact player; winning the mitre National Player of the Week award in week 13 of the NPSL 2017 season. 

Joao is anticipating having an even bigger impact on the club this season. “I’m excited to re-sign with the Silverbacks this year because of this fantastic group of players. We have all become close, and our coach has played a huge part in getting us prepared for this season. I want to thank the fans for coming out to support us, and Coach FD for being a great role model for me over the past years.”

New head coach Roberto Neves is thrilled to have a skilled player with such versatility on this year’s squad. “I’m so grateful to have him on the team. He’s such a functional player, playing multiple positions. He can play forward and score plenty of goals. He can also play midfield, delivering great through balls and finding the forwards.”

The Silverbacks have high hopes for Joao continuing his impact during the 2018 season, as they continue preseason matches. Take advantage of free admission to check out Joao’s explosiveness on the field as the Silverbacks host Jacksonville Armada this Saturday, April 21st, at 5:00 PM, or check out the NPSL home opener as Atlanta hosts Asheville City SC on Saturday, May 26th at 7:00PM. Get individual match tickets here, or commit to a season ticket package here.