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LAFC D Silva announces retirement from MLS

Field Level Media
24 Sep 2020, 06:40 GMT+10

Los Angeles FC defender Danilo Silva announced his retirement from professional soccer on Wednesday.

Silva, 33, has made 16 appearances with LAFC since 2018 and had five more with the MetroStars back in 2005. He did not record a goal or an assist in any of those 21 matches.

Silva played with Brazilian club Internacional prior to joining LAFC. He also competed with Dynamo Kyiv, with whom he made 222 appearances.

"As I look back on the last 16 years, I'm very proud of my career and have nothing but happy memories that will last a lifetime," Silva said. "I'm beyond grateful to all my coaches, teammates, staff members and fans for their support and for helping me become the best player I can be. Finally, I want to thank my wife and kids for joining me on this ride and for allowing me to chase my dreams."

LAFC will look to Eddie Segura, Tristan Blackmon, Dejan Jakovic and Mohamed Traore to fill the void defensively.

"We want to thank Danilo for his contributions during his time representing the Black Gold and congratulate him on a distinguished 16-year professional career," LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said. "Not only was Danilo a consummate professional on the field, but he also brought a sense of leadership and served as a mentor to our core group of young players. I have no doubt he will succeed in his next phase of life, and on behalf of everyone at LAFC, we would like to wish Danilo and his family all the best."

--Field Level Media

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