WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 — In search of more attacking options, D.C. United has acquired 2012 No. 4 draft pick Luis Silva from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money. The Mexican-American midfielder has made 44 appearances (33 starts), tallying five goals and adding seven assists for Toronto. In 14 appearances this season, Silva has failed to score but does has two assists for the Canadian club.
United has scored just eight goals in 19 games this season.
Along with United’s other recent acquisition Jared Jeffrey, Silva is available for selection in the club’s exhibition game against famed Mexican club Chivas De Guadalajara on Friday at 8 p.m.
According to the MLS Player’s Union, Silva was due a guaranteed compensation salary of $105,400 at Toronto.
“Luis is an exciting and creative young player with tremendous technical ability,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper. “He has shown the capacity to manufacture and score goals. We’re excited to add a player of his caliber to a dynamic young core of players.”
The 24-year-old played for the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) for four years, and played the 2008 NCAA season with United forward Chris Pontius. In his senior year, Silva scored 17 goals.
Joining Nick DeLeon and Casey Townsend, Silva is the third member of United who was selected in the top seven of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. DeLeon was the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year runner-up and Townsend featured collegiately for local school the University of Maryland.
THE FACTS ON LUIS SILVA
Name: Luis Silva
Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Birthplace: Los Angeles, Calif.
Previous Club: Toronto FC
Acquired: Acquired on July 9, 2013 from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money.
Source: D.C. United
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