Help rename the Silverbacks

2:09 PM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks are considering a name change -- and you could help decide the team's new label.

Officials for the professional soccer club announced Tuesday that they has launched a "Decision 2012: Silverbacks or Chiefs" campaign.

"We want to be more engaged with the community, and that starts with this campaign," Silverbacks general manager Andy Smith said in a statement. "We think this will be a fun way to get more people involved with professional soccer here in Atlanta and ultimately grow our fan base."

Silverbacks fans and members of the community have the opportunity to vote for one of three options: keep the current team name; bring back the team's original mascot, the Chiefs; or write in a team name.

"Being community- and fan-oriented is very important to our organization," Silverbacks chairman Boris Jerkunica said in a statement. "We want the community to have a stake in where we're going as a club, so we're excited to give them a voice and let them be a part of a decision that fans normally wouldn't be able to make."

The Decision 2012 movement begins Tuesday and runs through the presidential election on Nov. 6. Cast your vote at the Silverbacks' website.

Silverbacks interim head coach Eric Wynalda will be featured on "Atlanta & Company" Wednesday. Tune in to 11Alive at 11 a.m. to catch his appearance.

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