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D.C. United acquires midfielder Luis Silva from Toronto FC for allocation

On the same day they announced the sale of recent acquisition Alain Rocat, the Black-and-Red have brought in a much needed creative midfield presence in the form of the 24-year-old Los Angeles native.


It's been a busy, and surprisingly productive, morning at RFK Stadium. Almost immediately on the heels of announcing the sale of very recently-acquired fullback/midfielder Alain Rochat to a Swiss club, D.C. United has acquired attacking midfielder Luis Silva from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money. You guys, I know it's a weird feeling in 2013, but Dave Kasper & Co. may have actually done something right, acquiring a creative midfield presence, which the team has lacked since the departure of Branko Boskovic last winter.

Silva hasn't had the best year at BMO Field, failing to score for Ryan Nelsen's side through 14 games (11 starts) and 940 minutes. The Los Angeles native has managed two assists in league play this year, though. He also managed 5 and 5 in 30 games as a rookie last season, and at 24 years of age he's got room to grow into a more consistent midfield presence. The UC-Santa Barbara product was taken fourth overall by Toronto in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, and the trade reunites him with former Gaucho teammate Chris Pontius, whose senior year overlapped with Silva's freshman season.

If it seems to you like los Capitalinos are stocking up on high picks from the 2012 draft class, well, you're not alone. As the team hypes in its announcement of the trade:

Joining Nick DeLeon and Casey Townsend, Silva is the third member of the Black-and-Red who was selected in the top seven of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. DeLeon was the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year runner-up and Townsend featured collegiately for local school the University of Maryland.

We should have more later in the day, including the take from the other side of the trade from Duncan Fletcher of SB Nation's TFC blog Waking the Red. Until then, give us your initial reactions in the comments.