We kick off our 2016 Player Postmortem series with the player who played the fewest minutes for the Orange County Blues, midfielder Christian Silva.
Silva was touted as a fairly significant signing coming into the season, who despite being sidelined for part of the 2015 season after tearing his ACL, won the USL Cup with the Rochester Rhinos. And of course, that caveat is important -- a torn ACL is a major injury, and it takes time to get back up to speed.
But it appeared Silva's tenure was bumpy with the Blues, as he made just three appearances and played less than 90 minutes on the season with the club, and for the excitement of bringing in a player who had just won a league title, he just didn't stick.
Here are Silva's statistics with the Blues in 2016:
|Games Played||Games Started||Minutes||Goals||Assists||Shots||SOG||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|USL Regular Season||3||1||67||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|U.S. Open Cup*|
*I have been trying to track down 2016 U.S. Open Cup stats for the Blues. When I get them, I will fill them in the players' stats.
Silva did not last the entire season with Orange County, as he officially made the move to rival Arizona United SC in August. He made seven league appearances, playing just under 200 minutes for Arizona. So he was a rotation player for United, but did find more traction there than he did with the Blues.
The question moving forward is what the future holds for Silva. Will 2017 be a bounce-back year after a difficult season coming back from an ACL injury? Are there lingering effects? And can he find a good situation, either with Arizona or another team?
That all remains to be seen. But from an Orange County perspective, Silva's tenure was short, and unfortunately, not particularly memorable.
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