Luis Silva, who was traded midseason to Real Salt Lake for Alvaro Saborio will not be staying in Major League Soccer. As Thomas Rongen first reported, it looks like Silva is on his way to Mexico as was rumored at the time of the trade, with Tigres seeming to be the destination.
As was argued at the time, the trade for Saborio allowed D.C. United to get something for Silva instead of letting him walk for nothing at the end of the season, which is the spot that RSL are in. Silva played in ten games for RSL after the trade, registering no goals and no assists. Saborio, as we know, played in 12 games for United after the trade and racked up four goals.
With Saborio already coming back next season, United has hopefully procured their super-sub striker off the bench; a full year with Saborio as a starter would be a bad sign for the team, but as a sub at a probably lower salary he is a good fit for this team.
We wish Luis Silva all the best in Mexico, and hope that he outplays recent MLS players who have tried their luck in Liga MX.