[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Mikael Silvestre has landed during Portland, where he’s being touted for what he can move to a Timbers on
the margin and in a locker room. The 35-year-old, sealed to a two-year agreement with an choice for a third, is usually a latest in a slew of French vets who have come to MLS seeking to lengthen their
career. Will he be like Thierry Henry, a two-time Best XI pick, or younger versions like Sebastien Le Toux and Aurelien Collin, also Best XI selections, after resurrecting their careers? Or will he be like Ousmane Dabo and Didier Domi, who didn’t final a full deteriorate dual years ago in New England?
Portland manager Caleb Porter, of course,
believes Silvestre can have a large impact in a Rose City and will indurate a core of a Timbers’ backline alongside Hanyer Mosquera.
Silvestre, a Timbers could start as many as 5 new players in Porter’s fast makeover: Ryan Miller and Michael
Harrington during outward backs, Will Johnson and Diego Valeri in midfield and Ryan
Johnson adult front. All move extensive knowledge and care to a Timbers, who fell detached in 2012 after severe for a playoff berth in 2011, their initial MLS campaign.
“Mikael will move a extensive volume of knowledge and a participation on a margin and in a locker room,” pronounced Porter in announcing a signing. “He is a peculiarity actor on both sides of
the round and his impact will positively go a prolonged approach in assisting to indurate a behind line. Mikael done a really certain sense on a players and a coaching staff during his two-week hearing and we
are really vehement to acquire him to a Timbers organization.”
Like Henry, Silvestre was innate to a father from a Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and lifted in France. Their career
paths were similar: starts during tiny clubs — Silvestre during Rennes, Henry during Monaco — followed adult Silvestre brief detours to Italy in 1998-89 — Silvestre to Inter Milan, Henry to Juventus — and then
moves to England, where they both done it large — Silvestre 9 years during Manchester United, Henry 8 during Arsenal.
Silvestre won 5 Premier League titles, and one FA Cup, one League
Cup and one UEFA Champions League.
But distinct Henry, who played in 4 World Cups and 3 European Championships, Silvestre played in only one European Championship (a rather
disappointing display during a 2004 finals in Portugal) and one World Cup (one coming during a 2006 finals).
Silvestre’s flexibility authorised him to play during core behind and left beck, but
it was only his bad fitness to have an well-developed era of Frenchmen — Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly, Lilian Thuram, William Gallas and Bixente Lizarazu — forward of him during these
After Man United, Silvestre spent time during Arsenal and Werder Bremen in Germany, though he returned final tumble to Manchester, where he was training in a wish of anticipating a new
— Another Frenchman, Frederic Piquionne, played a initial diversion of his audition with a Timbers Wednesday in their 1-0 detriment to FC Dallas.
Other Frenchies looking to fasten on embody Pascal Chimbonda (Chicago), Peguy Luyindula (New York) and Djimi Traore (Seattle).