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Matt Silva Completes United City Return

By on March 12, 2024 0 1000 Views

Former Valour goalkeeper Matt Silva has returned to the Philippines to sign with United City FC after playing in Portugal with SC Espinho for the last five months.

The 32-year-old has spent the last two seasons abroad following spending three years in Canada’s top flight, with the veteran shotstopper picking up a few trophies over the last couple years while featuring in continental competition, too.

Silva won the Copa Paulino Alcantara during his first stint with United City FC in Philippines before picking up the Rock Cup while in Gibraltar, with his spells in both countries seeing him get minutes in both the AFC Champions League and the UEFA Conference League qualifiers.

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His time with SC Espinho in Portugal’s lower tiers saw him depart as the club lies second in the the league table, though most minutes between the sticks were gobbled up by Portuguese competitors Miguel Borges and Bruno Silva.

In a bid for playing time, it seems Silva has opted to leave Portugal’s west coast behind as continues a career that has him journey across five countries and eleven clubs thus far, with United City FC stating that his return shows the club’s ambition to challenge for trophies this season.

Valour FC Matt Silva
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Silva’s time in the Canadian Premier League had seen him feature once for York United, where the former Osterlen FF first choice had been expecting to get significant minutes. A move to Valour followed, but he rode the bench behind an in-form James Pantemis for the pandemic-shortened Island Games season, and then the golden glove form of Jonathan Sirois the following year.

While he made a handful of appearances, he wasn’t getting the minutes or consistency that he needed at this stage of his career – a similar situation to SC Espinho.

“It was an interesting three years, and I definitely needed to get myself out,” reflect the goalkeeper to us back in 2022. “The games I played in that last season with Valour, I feel that I did extremely well, but when Jo was playing he was phenomenal, so it was definitely his spot until he lost it and I really didn’t do anything wrong to lose it. So that’s kind of how the battle played out.”

United City FC Matt Silva
Photo Credit: United City FC

The Mississauga-born shotstopper will be seeking to get big minutes with United City, which marks his third stint in the Philippines. He’d spent a year previously with Kaya FC, winning the 2015 UFL Cup before travelling to Sweden to play for Bodens BK and, later on, Osterlens FF ahead of his CPL chapter.

He isn’t the only CPL-related athlete to make a splash in regards to the Philippines today, with York United’s Matthew Baldisimo accepting a call-up from the Azkals.

With United City FC stating that Silva is poised to make a ‘significant contribution’ in the team’s quest for success, we imagine the six-foot-one goalkeeper has been brought in as the club’s number one choice.

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