The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) announced today that the Club has signed defender Danilo Silva on a five-month loan from Brazilian side Internacional after acquiring Silva’s rights from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a fourth round selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Silva, signed using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), will occupy an international slot and will be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.
“Danilo is a versatile defender who will be an important player for us as we continue improving the competitiveness of our team,” said EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager John Thorrington. “His experience playing in the Champions League and at a high level in Europe and Brazil will be a great complement to our roster.”
Silva, 31, joins the Black & Gold following a second stint with Internacional of Brazil’s top division, where he appeared in 19 matches over the last two campaigns.
From 2010-17, Silva won two Ukrainian league titles, two Ukrainian Cups, and two Ukrainian Super Cups with Dynamo Kiev. In his seven seasons with the club, Silva tallied three goals and 19 assists in 222 matches across all competitions, including appearances in Champions League and Europa League.
Silva will be reunited with LAFC head coach Bob Bradley 13 years after making his professional debut with the MetroStars in 2005. In his first and only season in MLS, the 6-foot-1 defender saw action in five regular season contests.
“Danilo is an experienced defender who will bring competition to our backline,” said LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley. “I’m excited to work with him again and I’m confident he will have an immediate impact with the rest of the group.”
After one season in MLS, Silva returned to Brazil where he would go on to play for Guarani (2006-08), São Paulo (2007 – loan), and Internacional (2009-10).
TRANSACTION: Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) acquires Brazilian defender Danilo Silva on a five-month loan.