D.C. United has announced the acquisition of midfielder Luis Silva from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money. The Mexican-American midfielder will join recent United pick up Jared Jeffrey in being available for selection in the club’s international friendly versus Chivas de Guadalajara on Friday at 8 p.m.
“Luis is an exciting and creative young player with tremendous technical ability,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper in a team release. “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.”
Taken 4th overall by Toronto FC in the 2012 draft, Silva has already made 44 First Team appearances (33 starts), tallying five goals and adding seven assists.
The 24-year-old is no stranger to United midfielder/forward Chris Pontius. Silva and Pontius were teammates at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) for the 2008 NCAA season.
Joining Nick DeLeon and Casey Townsend, Silva is the third member of the Black-and-Red who was selected in the top seven of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.