FC Tulsa has signed Brazilian Matheus Silva ahead of the new season, with the 25-year-old having previously made 50 appearances in the Championship's regular season and playoffs. | Photo courtesy Hartford Athletic
TULSA, Okla. – FC Tulsa announced on Tuesday it had signed Brazilian defender Matheus Silva ahead of the 2022 USL Championship season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
Initially signed midway through the 2015 Major League Soccer season as an 18-year-old by the San Jose Earthquakes after a stellar prep career at Montverde Academy (Fla.), Silva is a versatile defensive player that has spent time at center-back, left-back, and defensive midfielder over his seven professional campaigns. The Brazilian native made five MLS appearances as a rookie for the Earthquakes, before spending the majority of his recent career playing in the USL Championship.
“Matheus has a lot of experience already in the U.S. at the MLS and USL level,” said Tulsa Head Coach Michael Nsien. “He knows the demands and has the qualities to dominate technically and physically. It’s difficult to find players of his stature so comfortable with the ball. Matheus is a great addition to our back line.”
Silva has been part of teams that have advanced to the USL Championship Playoffs three times in four seasons in the league, each with a different club. He was part of the Reno 1868 FC club that made the playoffs in its inaugural 2017 season after finishing third in the Western Conference standings. The 2018 season saw Silva return to the postseason with Sporting Kansas City II as the club upset the No. 2 seed, Sacramento Republic FC, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals the following year, before in 2020 helping Hartford Athletic advance to its first postseason berth.
This past year he competed for Figueirense in his native Brazil, but now returns to the United States having made 50 appearances in the Championship across the regular season and playoffs, scoring two goals and logging one assist in 3,638 total minutes.
“I’m really thankful to God for the opportunity my family and I are given to come back to the USL Championship and join such a special professional organization as FC Tulsa,” said Silva. “It's delightful to be a part of a winning club with tremendous fans. I cannot wait to get to know and start working with my teammates and staff. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone in the club and connecting to the community of Tulsa and its beautiful people.”