Atlanta declines option on Belize’s McCaulay

Deon McCaulay (red jersey) most likely won't be returning to the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2015. (Photo: Mexsport)

ATLANTA -- Belize international Deon McCaulay will not have the option on his contract picked up by the Atlanta Silverbacks for the 2015 North American Soccer League campaign, the team announced Friday. 

The 27-year-old striker scored three goals in 17 matches last season.

“While we continue our search for our head coach, we had to make decisions on contracted players with regard to their options for next year,” said Silverbacks president and general manager Andy Smith.  “As for the players whose options we passed on and those that were already free agents, it will be the coach's decision on which ones we will re-enter into negotiations with."

McCaulay became globally known after becoming joint-top scorer in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying with Luis Suarez (Uruguay) and Robin van Persie (Netherlands) on 11 goals each, reaching the mark in just eight games. 

He is the only player in Belize national team history to score at least one goal in three different editions of the Central American Cup.