Miami FC pays transfer fee to acquire veteran MLS goalkeeper from Forward Madison FC
Twenty-seven-year-old Haitian-American played over 1000 minutes in MLS in 2015
MIAMI, Fla. — (23 January 2020) The Miami Football Club has acquired veteran goalkeeper Bryan Silvestre on a transfer from Forward Madison FC of USL League One. Madison will receive an undisclosed fee in exchange for the veteran goalkeeper.
Sylvestre, a native of Hollywood, Florida, will return to his home state to play for the USL Championship’s newest club after an expansive career that carried him across the United States.
Sylvestre earned five clean sheets in 17 appearances in 2019. He brings top-level quality and experience to Miami in advance of the 2020 season.
Sylvestre made 46 saves across 17 appearances for the Flamingos in 2019. The 6′-5″ (1.95 m) keeper earned five clean sheets and helped Madison reach the inaugural League One Playoffs in October.
“This was a hard decision for us to make, but at the end of the day it was in the best interest of not only the player, but of our club,” said Forward Madison Head Coach Daryl Shore. “From our end, the monetary value we received represented an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. For Brian, we know he was happy here, but at the same time there’s always something to be said about going home.” Shore added: “He’s a very good shot-stopper, he commands his box very well.
It was no mere coincidence that Sylvestre ended up playing in the Wisonsin capital. Sylvestre had met Shore during his youth career in Florida, and the two have kept in contact over the years.
“In 2019, it was a pleasure to put on the Forward Madison FC jersey,” Sylvestre said. “Playing in front of a sold-out crowd every home game, hearing The Flock entering Breese Stevens Field with the chants and drums was awesome. This club will always be special to me.”
Sylvestre grew up in Florida, but moved to Canada after high school to join the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program. After persevering through several injuries, he got his big break in 2014 when he put on a spectacular performance against the Philadelphia Union. The Union signed him on loan the next year. Sylvestre started 12 matches in 2015 for Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.
“When their ‘keepers went down, they called me in and gave me my shot,” Sylvestre said. “I had a great little run in MLS for a bit. Played really well, went back to North Carolina (in the second division), and I just kept getting my games.”
“I’m not afraid of anything, I’m very competitive and I always put myself at the highest standard,” Sylvestre said. “I’m going to show my best every single game and hopefully we’re going to bring something special to Madison.”