FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (August 19, 2011) - The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have recalled Colombian defender Cristian Quinones from the Atlanta Silverbacks, pending USSF approval. The team has also loaned Scottish midfielder Grant Kerr to Atlanta for the remainder of the season, pending USSF approval.
"We felt it was important to have Cristian back here as a defender to give us cover," said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. "Injuries have left us a little thin at the back, and Cristian is a young defender who did well with us when he was here on trial."
Quinones, 20, had been on loan with the Silverbacks since June 22. He has served as a reserve most of the season thus far, starting in Atlanta's 1-0 loss to Carolina on July 30.
Grant Kerr, 25, goes to the Silverbacks after playing in five games this season for the Strikers, starting two.
"Grant is a good attacking player, it's tough to lose him because he's been a great guy in the locker room," said Shore. "He's also looking for a chance to go play somewhere, and we feel like sending him to Atlanta will give him a chance to try and help them in their run toward the end of the season."
Quinones, before playing in the NASL, played three seasons for Independiente Sante Fe in the Colombian first division. Before that, Quinones spent time with the reserve teams of first-division Colombian clubs Deportivo Cali and Independiente Medell??n in 2006. A year earlier, he was a member of the youth academy at another one of the nation's bigger clubs, Once Caldas.
Quinones has joined the team in Fort Lauderdale, and will be available for Saturday's game against the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Strikers travel to Carolina to take on the league-leading RailHawks on Saturday, August 20, at 7:00p.m. This will be the third regular season meeting between the teams and the finalgame on Fort Lauderdale's three-game road trip.