Luis Silva

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Luis Silva
Luis Silva DC United.JPG
Luis Silva playing for D.C. United
(Photo: Simon Heseltine)
Personal information
Full name Luis Saúl Silva López
Date of birth (1988-12-10) December 10, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Oaxaca, Mexico
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Salt Lake
Number 20
Youth career
2004–2007 Salesian High School
Chivas USA
2008–2011 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Orange County Blue Star 10 (5)
2012–2013 Toronto FC 44 (5)
2013–2015 D.C. United 54 (15)
2015 Real Salt Lake 10 (0)
2016 Tigres UANL 0 (0)
2017– Real Salt Lake 25 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 27, 2017.

Luis Saúl Silva López[1] (born December 10, 1988) is a Mexican-American professional soccer player who plays for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.

Playing career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Silva was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and moved to Los Angeles at a young age.[2][3] Silva spent two years playing with local youth club Pateadores, helping them win the Premier Division in 2006, as well as spending two years with C.D. Chivas USA's U-19 team. Silva attended Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles where he was a two-time All-CIF selection as a midfielder and forward.[4] He was named Offensive Player of the Year in the 2007 season when he helped the Mustangs win the CIF Southern Section Championship and scored a goal in the Mustangs' 6–1 romp over Pasadena Marshall as the team set a finals scoring record.[5] He went on to play collegiately with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. He was named to the All-Big West First Team three times. In his senior year, Silva scored 17 goals and added 10 assists, garnering recognition as a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist.

Club[edit]

During his college years, Silva also played in the USL Premier Development League for Orange County Blue Star in 2011. He joined UCSB teammates Charley Pettys and Christian Ramirez on the squad and finished with 5 goals and 2 assists in 10 matches played.[6]

Luis Silva was selected 4th overall by Toronto FC in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.[7] Silva made his debut for Toronto FC on March 7, 2012, scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. Silva scored his first league goal against Vancouver Whitecaps on July 11, the game ended in a 3–2 home victory.[8] Three days after his first league goal, he scored the lone goal in an away victory over New England Revolution.[9]

On July 9, 2013, it was announced that Silva had been traded to fellow MLS side D.C. United in exchange for allocation money.[10] On his regular season debut on July 20, Silva scored from 30 yards (27 m) as his team lost 4–1 to the Chicago Fire.[11] Silva scored a first half hat-trick against the Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium on June 11, 2014, leading D.C. United to a 4–2 win.[12]

On July 16, 2015, it was announced that Silva had been traded to MLS team Real Salt Lake for Álvaro Saborío.[13] Silva ended his D.C. United career with totals of 15 goals and six assists in 54 appearances, including a career-best 11 goals in 2014. In 2016, he moved to Liga MX side Tigres UANL.

Career statistics[edit]

As of matches played on February 1, 2017.
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Toronto FC 2012 MLS 30 5 2 0 7 2 39 7
2013 14 0 2 0 16 0
Totals 44 5 4 0 7 2 55 7
D.C. United 2013 MLS 13 3 2 0 15 3
2014 27 11 0 0 1 0 27 11
2015 14 1 2 0 16 1
Totals 54 15 4 0 1 0 59 15
Real Salt Lake 2015 MLS 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
Tigres 2016–17 Liga MX 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Real Salt Lake 2017 MLS 27 6 0 0 27 6
Career totals 133 26 8 0 11 2 127 22
References:[14][15][16][17][18][19]

Honors[edit]

Toronto FC[edit]

D.C. United[edit]

Tigres UANL[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jugadores – Luis Saúl Silva López". Tigres UANL (in Spanish). Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ https://www.mlssoccer.com/players/luis-silva
  3. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/dcunited/dc-uniteds-luis-silva-honors-humble-roots-by-giving-back-to-mexico/2015/04/20/c858c646-e768-11e4-8581-633c536add4b_story.html
  4. ^ UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department (March 7, 2012). "Luis Silva UC Santa Barbara". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Men's Soccer. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ UC Santa Barbara Athletics Department (March 7, 2012). "Luis Silva UC Santa Barbara". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Men's Soccer. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Orange County Blue Star 2011 Statistics". USLSoccer.com. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Daniel Girard (January 12, 2012). "Toronto FC drafts for help at both ends of the pitch". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Toronto FC beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3–2 in thriller at BMO Field". The Star. Toronto. 
  9. ^ Kyle McCarthy (July 14, 2012). "Silva Strikes Again in Toronto Win". Toronto FC. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Reds Trade Silva To D.C.". Toronto Football Club. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ Steven Goff (July 20, 2013). "Chicago Fire routs D.C. United, 4–1". Washington Post. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Luis Silva scores hat trick in first half as D.C. United dominate Impact". The Globe and Mail. June 11, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.realsaltlake.com/news/2015/07/real-salt-lake-trades-alvaro-saborio-dc-united-exchange-luis-silva
  14. ^ "Luis Silva » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Luis Silva » CONCACAF Champions League 2011/2012". World Football. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Luis Silva » CONCACAF Champions League 2012/2013". World Football. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Luis Silva » CONCACAF Champions League 2014/2015". World Football. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Luis Silva » CONCACAF Champions League 2015/2016". World Football. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  19. ^ "L. Silva". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 

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