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BC: I am so proud of everything you have accomplished! You are so amazing and talented! Here's to a great professional season with the Silverbacks! Love, Jen
FC: ATLANTA SILVERBACKS 2011
1: "Joining the Silverbacks front line are strikers JUNIOR SANDOVAL and JON COX. Cox joins the Silverbacks after a successful collegiate career at Georgia Southern University. The 6-foot-1 Atlanta native previously played for the Atlanta Silverbacks U23 team of the Premier Development League (PDL) for two seasons. Cox, 24, is expected to bring a physical presence to the Silverbacks attack in 2011." -Atlantasilverbacks.com | Jon Cox signs with the Atlanta Silverbacks March 30th 2011
3: 2011 Season Highlights Made professional debut as a starter against the NSC Minnesota Stars on April 9. Career 2011 Signed with the Silverbacks on March 31, 2010. Started all 14 of Georgia Southern Universityâ€™s games during his senior season. Led the Eagles in scoring, tallying four goals. Added two assist. Earned Second Team All-Southern Conference honors.Played for the Atlanta Blackhawks of the PDL, scoring three goals and recording one assist. 2009 Started 10 of the 14 games he played for the Eagles, scoring one goal and recording one assist. Played 3 games for the Atlanta Silverbacks PDL team, scoring two goals and adding an assist. 2008 Played in 15 games for the Eagles, starting nine. Led the team in assists with three. Played for the Atlanta Silverbacks PDL team, scoring five goals and tallying one assist. 2006 Made 19 appearances as a freshman. Led the Eagles in scoring as a freshman with six goals and five assists. Was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, representing Georgia Southernâ€™s first player ever to win the award. Named Second Team All-Southern Conference. Earned College Soccer News Freshman All-American honors and was also named to the NSCAA All-Region Team. Personal Born in St. Louis, Mo. Was a four-year letter winner for Milton High School. Served as team captain during junior and senior year. Won a state championship at the club level in 2004 with United Quest Soccer Club...Has a twin brother. Favorite professional soccer player is Cristiano Ronaldo. Enjoys playing poker and snowboarding. Favorite foods are steak and grilled chicken. | JON COX BIO
4: Where it began... GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
5: STATESBORO, Ga. - Former Georgia Southern Men's Soccer student-athlete Jon Cox has signed a professional contract with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League. Cox is the second player go professional under Head Coach Kevin Kennedy in his five-year tenure at Georgia Southern, joining Andreus Cabrerra who signed with the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2007. "We're very excited for the opportunity Jon has with the Silverbacks," said Kennedy. "Jon has a great frame that translates well to the professional game. He is big, strong and quick, but most importantly he is a good technical player that understands the game. He can be a dangerous player scoring goals and playing the ball into space to link up the attacks. Jon has tremendous potential and we can't wait to see where his career takes him." Cox, the 2006 SoCon Freshman of the Year and a 2007 College Soccer News Freshman All-American, joins the Silverbacks following an outstanding career for the Eagles. He led the 2010 Eagles in scoring and and posted three career game-winning goals. He assisted on both Georgia Southern goals in the Eagles' 2-1 victory over perennial national power Clemson in 2008. He is a two-time All-Southern Conference honoree and picked up a second-team nod in 2010. "I'm excited to extend my career, especially in my hometown so my friends and family can see me play on a regular basis," said Cox. "I've worked hard to get here and I'm excited to be able to represent my alma mater as a professional athlete."
6: Season Opener April 9th, 2011
9: Signing Autographs.. | JCox#22
10: Family and Friends to support your very first professional soccer game!
11: Take "five" with Jon Cox... | What has your first professional season been like so far? It’s been good — definitely a lot of fun. It requires a lot of hard work though. There is so much more to the season than the games. Outside of normal training, we put in a lot of time doing fitness and weights, and you hope all of the hard work earns you a spot in the games. I think I’ve done alright so far, but I need to continue to work hard and improve. It must be pretty cool to make your professional soccer debut in the city where you grew up. How has it been playing in Atlanta? The greatest part about it is having my friends and family here. For them to be able to come see me play is awesome. Every game, I have my family out here and some of my friends from high school and college, so it’s been great. Overall, the Silverbacks fan support has been great and it really motivates the team. How much have you enjoyed the Silverbacks’ involvement with youth soccer clubs this season? I think it’s really great to be able to reach out to all of the young kids within the sport. Josh [Casarona] and I had the opportunity to go out to CFC East, and we had a blast. They have an experienced coaching staff and the kids are developing well over there. It’s important for us to get out into the community because I think it shows young players how hard they need to work to get where we are today. What do you like to do off the field to get away from the intensity of the training sessions and games? Honestly, with the heat and everything, I just like to relax at home, maybe take a nap here and there. When the season is over, I’ll probably go down to Destin [Fla.] where my parents have a place. I also love going out to Colorado to go snowboarding. It’s amazing out there. You’re a twin; what is that like? I don’t really think about it because I’m used to it. My brother, Jeff, and I are fraternal twins, but we still get people asking us if we’re twins even though we don’t look exactly alike. He played quite a bit of soccer with me. He played a year at Georgia Southern and also played PDL with me on the Silverbacks U-23 team.
14: Red Card for Jon Cox...
16: Your number one fans
18: Silverbacks in the Community
19: Fox 5 Road Warrior
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23: First Win vs Montreal Impact
24: 2 Game Road Trip... First stop Puerto Rico, next stop Montreal.
25: Living the Dream...
29: 3 p.m. A group of players and coaches stick around after lunch to play cards. ChacÃ³n and Goalkeepers Coach Jose Â“GauchoÂ” Pinho convince Sandoval, Quintero, and Paulini to join them for an odd, yet very animated game. The rules seem unclear and the game is being conducted in Spanish, but whatever it is, it is producing a lot of laughs | On the other side of the room, forwards Jon Cox and Conor Chinn and midfielders Raphael Cox, Ciaran OÂ’Brien, and Jose Parada are playing a card game called Â“22.Â” Jon Cox doesnÂ’t seem to be having very good luck, so he isnÂ’t very happy. CoxÂ’s dismay amuses Head Coach JosÃ© Manuel Abundis, who chuckles every time Cox has a bad hand. After getting an explanation of the rules from Parada, Abundis even says Â“BuenoÂ” a few times to compliment smart card-playing, the same way he might praise a player on the field. | What really goes on during a road trip with the Silverbacks?
30: On the road again...
32: Last game of the season...
33: Atlanta vs. Montreal
34: Meeting Cuauhtemoc Blanco
36: Silverbacks VS Irapuato
39: ATLANTA SILVERBACKS 2011