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2013 Portland Timbers Player Rankings #17: Mikaël Silvestre

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Mikaël Silvestre only played eight games in 2013 before an injury took him out for the remainder of the season.

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Mikaël Silvestre joined the Portland Timbers just before the 2013 season, following a preseason trial that impressed both the team and the fans.

2012 Rank: N/A

2013

Rank Average Stacey Ryan Will Michael
17 17 16 19 15 18

Silvestre's first game with the Timbers--the first half in particular--was a match best forgotten. After he recovered from jet lag, he settled comfortably into his starting spot with the team and showed a level of maturity and technical ability the Timbers had never seen from one of their center backs before.

The center back helped the Timbers earn' first three wins of season, including their first road win at Sporting Kansas City, in which Silvestre played some heroic late-game defense while the team held on to a one-goal lead. Sadly, his season came to an untimely end when he tore his ACL in a scoreless draw with New England Revolution.

2014

Potential Rank
Average
Stacey
Ryan
Will
Michael
13
11.5
8
8
8
22

Obviously the big question that remains about Silvestre is how the 36-year-old will come back from his knee injury. Three of us apparently remain stubbornly optimistic about his chances. If his recovery is successful, he will probably play a significant role with the team next year. The Timbers likely won't want all the skill, experience, and money just sitting on the bench.