Toronto FC selected Luis Silva with the No. 4 pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Silva will most likely be able to start early on, most likely in the middle of the midfield band of Aron Winter's 4-3-3 formation. While Silva showed a nice scoring touch during his senior year at UC Santa Barbara, he is comfortable as a playmaker as well.
Silva is a rare breed, indeed. In addition to his playmaker/scorer combination, he also has the kind of size that should make his transition to MLS relatively smooth. At 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, he's already got plenty of size and will surely be able to put on a few more pounds over the next few months.
At UCSB, Silva was pretty much unstoppable, at least during his senior year. After three years in which he showed promise but not necessarily star power, Silva busted out in 2011. with 17 goals and 10 assists, he was among the college points leaders.
The only question about Silva might be if last year was a men-against-boys situation. At 23 years old, he is a little advanced for some of his competition, but he showed well at the MLS Combine and seems to have answered any of those concerns.
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