The Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League, the league's worst team last seaon, announced the signing Friday of veteran defender Martyn Lancaster, who played for them during the 2007 and 2008 seasons in USL First Division.
Lancaster spent this past season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, leading them to the NASL Championship Series, where they lost in a two-game aggregate goal series to the eventual champion NSC Minnesota Stars. He was also named the team's Player of the Year.
Born in England, he began his career playing with Chester City, Leigh RM, Northwich Victoria and Southport from 1998 and 2006 before coming to the States to play in USL Second Division for the Wilmington Hammerheads, then joining Atlanta in 2007.
He left the team in 2009 to play in Scotland and Sweden, then returned in 2010 to play for MLS' Miami FC, now known as the Strikers.