One of the new additions to the Orange County Blues this season is midfielder Christian Silva. Although he helped the Rochester Rhinos win the USL title last season, he only played in four games. Was he hurt? A deep bench option?
So I reached out to Brendan Doherty, who covers the Rhinos for SB Nation's The Bent Musket, and he supplied some of the gaps for those of us on the West Coast about Silva. Many thanks to Brendan for taking the time to discuss Silva!
"Silva did not have much of a chance to make an impact on the field with the Rhinos in 2015. He appeared in 4 of Rochester's first 9 league games before suffering a season-ending injury. While he only played 121 regulation minutes in USL in 1 start and 3 sub appearances, he did notch an assist in the team's second win up north in Montreal [It's at the 2:12 mark in this video].
"Silva got hurt during the U.S. Open Cup second round game against Greater Binghamton FC Thunder of the NPSL. He left the game in the 85th minute after a careful examination by the team trainer.
"Silva's torn ACL ruled him out for the rest of the 2015 season but he remained cheerful and committed to the team. He could usually be found hobbling around on crutches during home games rooting for his teammates and rollicking with club staff.
"Silva wasn't a first team player with the Rhinos but was proving his worth to Bob Lilley as the season developed. Getting held out of the starting lineup by team captain Tony Walls isn't necessarily something to be ashamed of. Silva's pedigree and positive attitude coming through a serious injury should bode well for his time in Orange County."
So there you have it. You can follow Brendan @DohertySoccer on Twitter.
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