The Swope Park Rangers have signed defender Matheus Silva, the club announced on Friday. Silva spent the last three seasons with MLS side the San Jose Earthquakes, earning USL experience on loan at Arizona United SC in 2016 and Reno 1868 FC in 2017.
Silva, 21, signed with San Jose in the summer of 2015 and went on to make four appearances, including two starts, in MLS action. He made his debut for the Earthquakes as a late substitute in a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on March 6, 2016 and made his first start on May 7, 2016 in a road game at Seattle Sounders FC. In addition, he started in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup loss to the Portland Timbers on June 14, 2016.
Silva was loaned to USL Arizona United and made his debut for the club on May 14, 2016. The Taboao da Serra, Brazil native appeared in 17 matches throughout the 2016 USL season as Arizona – now Phoenix Rising FC – finished 13th in the Western Conference.
In 2017, Silva spent time on loan at USL expansion side and new San Jose affiliate Reno 1868 FC, making two appearances for the club in their successful inaugural season.
Silva was one of the top prep players in the United States, playing for Montverde Academy in Florida – leading the team to an unbeaten 18-0-1 record in his final year.
Born: 12/8/96 (21 years old)
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hometown: Taboao da Serra, Brazil
Birthplace: Taboao da Serra, Brazil