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Official: LAFC bring in Danilo Silva on loan

Brazilian comes in to bolster defense for homestretch.

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Los Angeles Football Club announced a signing on Friday, as they are bringing in defender Danilo Silva on loan from Brazilian club Internacional on loan for five months, so the rest of 2018.

In order to facilitate the move, in addition to the trade LAFC completed earlier on Friday to pick up an international roster slot from Toronto FC, LAFC made another trade to get Silva’s MLS rights, from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS draft.

“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 in a team statement. “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, signed with Targeted Allocation Money, is 31, and has been playing at Inter since returning to his native Brazil last year. Prior to that, the lanky defender played in Ukraine for Dynamo Kyiv from 2010-17, seeing extensive action in the Champions League and Europa League, and even getting some looks to become a Ukraine citizen and suit up for their national team, although that didn’t come to pass.

The Red Bulls held Silva’s MLS rights because he in fact played for the MetroStars way back in 2005 when he was starting out his career, and played there for Bob Bradley, making five appearances as “Danilo da Silva” (which is in fact his name, although he’s since dropped the “da”).

“Danilo is an experienced defender who will bring competition to our backline,” said 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.”

LAFC are sitting in a good spot at the moment, in 2nd place in the Western Conference and in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals. But they’ve shown a propensity for defensive breakdowns, throughout the season but notably more often in recent games. While Bradley has not thrown in newcomers straight away, usually opting to take several weeks to get them up to speed, I would expect Silva will play a decent amount once he’s ready to go. Whether he’ll serve as the first backup at center back, if he’ll supplant a current starter on the backline, or if Bradley will change things up and play three in the back, we’ll see. But hopefully Silva helps LAFC solidify their defense and make them stronger for the homestretch of the regular season and into the business end of the campaign.

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