Silvestre, 35, has played at the highest levels in Europe throughout his career, including 11 seasons in England’s Premier league with Manchester United (1999-2008) and Arsenal (2008-10), winning five Premier League titles and the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League. The 17-year veteran has earned 40 caps with the France National Team and played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Silvestre has made 87 total appearances in the UEFA Champions League during his career.
2013: Sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his left knee May 2 in the second half against the New England Revolution; he is expected to miss 6-9 months ... Started eight of the club's first nine games of the regular season ...Contributed to back-to-back shutouts in a 2-0 win over Houston on April 6 and a 1-0 victory against San Jose on April 14 at JELD-WEN Field ... Played all but 42 minutes of a 312 minute shutout stretch by Portland's defense from March 30 to April 21 - one of the longest shutout streaks in MLS this season ... Helped hold Houston to just two shots on goal and limit San Jose to just six total shots - both season-lows by an opponent ... Started and played the full 90 in each of the Timbers' first three matches of the regular season ... Missed the March 30 match at Colorado due to injury ... Made his Timbers and MLS debut in the season opener March 3, a 3-3 draw against New York.
Born in Chambray-lès-Tours, France, Silvestre played the last two seasons in the German Bundesliga with Werder Bremen. He played in 27 league games during his time with the club, despite missing a majority of the 2011-12 campaign due to injury. He scored in the 2010-11 season finale, contributing to a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on July 5, 2011.
Silvestre has spent a majority of his career with Manchester United, making 361 appearances across all competitions and scoring 10 goals over nine seasons with the club from 1999-2008. He played in 249 league games, helping United capture five Premier League championships. Additionally, Silvestre contributed to Manchester United’s 2007-08 UEFA Champions League title run, playing in two games, and was also a member of the club’s 2003-04 FA Cup and 2005-06 League Cup winning sides.
Following his time with Manchester United, Silvestre played two seasons for Arsenal, making 46 appearances across all competitions and scoring three goals. He also played in nine UEFA Champions League matches for Arsenal, helping the club reach the semifinal of the 2008-09 tournament.
Silvestre started his career with French side Rennes and played his first professional season in 1995-96 after coming up through the club’s academy. He played one season in Italy’s top-flight Seire A with Internazionale, playing in 18 league games during the 1998-99 campaign.
Silvestre made his debut for the France National Team in 2001 and was a part of France’s teams that won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2001 and 2003. He helped France to the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, starting in a group stage match against Togo on June 23, 2006. As a youth, Silvestre helped guide France to the 1996 U-18 European Championship and competed with the France U-20 National Team in the 1997 FIFA U-20 World Cup.