Danilo Silva: “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.” (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Football Club and former MetroStars defender Danilo Silva Wednesdaday announced his retirement from professional soccer.
Silva, 33, concludes a 16-year career that saw him play for six teams in the United States, Brazil and Ukraine.
“We want to thank Danilo for his contributions during his time representing the Black and Gold and congratulate him on a distinguished 16-year professional career,” LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said in a statement. “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.”
Silva was acquired by LAFC on a five-month loan from Brazilian club Internacional on July 30, 2018. The 6-2 defender signed with the Black & Gold on a permanent move ahead of the 2019 campaign.
In three years in Los Angeles, Silva saw action in 21 regular season matches (12 starts), logging 1,043 minutes. He tallied his only goal for LAFC during the 3-2 postseason loss against Real Salt Lake Nov. 1, 2018.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Silva began his professional career in MLS in 2005, playing in five matches for LAFC head coach Bob Bradley and the MetroStars. A season later, Silva returned to Brazil as he performed for Guarani (2006-08), São Paulo (2007; loan) and Internacional (2009-10).
From 2010-17, Silva won six trophies with Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev, registering three goals and 19 assists in 222 matches across all competitions. Silva then rejoined Internacional in Brazil’s top flight for two seasons before signing with LAFC.