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Official: RSL signs Luis Silva after Tigres contract termination

Silva joins having played for Liga MX giants Tigres for 2016.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake has officially signed Luis Silva to a contract, the club announced today.

Silva had been attached to Tigres for the 2016 calendar year, but the club terminated his contract when the player expressed a desire to return to Real Salt Lake, RSL Communications confirmed following the release.

In the release, RSL general manager Craig Waibel said Silva is a good organizational fit.

We are excited to have Luis back. He’s a talented player that we loved having here and during that time, he fit in very well with the organization. He can play multiple positions and brings another dimension to the attacking front.

Silva joins having played ten matches already for Real Salt Lake during his first tenure at the club, having been signed as part of a trade with D.C. United for Alvaro Saborio in 2015. He joined Tigres in 2016 on a free but played only scant minutes with the Liga MX champions.

The press release didn’t specify the manner of Silva’s acquisition. Initial rumors had put the player coming in on loan, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here.

Update: Thomas Floyd from Sporting News reports that Silva has signed a two-year contract with an option year. He includes a good interview with Silva, too. There’s a link below.

He includes this great quote — it’s well worth a read:

"When I came in the middle of the season, I don't think I was able to express myself the way I should have," Silva said. "I'm just hungrier. I'm hungrier to succeed, to score, to assist, to win. I just want to get out there and play and show everyone that I am a good player and that I could compete in this league."