Mikael Silvestre is with the Timbers on their training excursion in Arizona right now and yesterday,he scored the game-winning goal in a friendly against Seattle, while commanding respect and courting easy effectiveness at center-back. Yet Caleb Porter and the Timbers aren't sure they want to sign Silvestre.
The doubters are many: he's 35 and Portland already has a glut of center-backs. He's over the hill and he'd cost a lot of money. It's ridiculous. Only one first-team Manchester United player has played in MLS - David Beckham. Only one first-team Arsenal player has played in MLS - Thierry Henry. The Timbers better take step back and figure what they have in Silvestre before it's too late. Click here to read the entire article