Measuring in at 1.87m, Martin Silva is a solid, reliable keeper known for his excellent positioning and commanding presence in the box. Those qualities allowed him to shine at youth level for his country, though his fine performances were not enough to help Uruguay win qualification to the FIFA U-20 World Cup UAE 2003.
A youth player at Defensor Sporting, Silva made his debut with Los Violetas in 2006, quickly establishing his place in the team and playing a vital part in the side that won the league title in 2008 and reached the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores in 2007 and 2009.
After being called up on several occasions by Oscar Tabarez, Silva earned his first cap in a friendly against Algeria in Algiers in August 2009, a game the Uruguayans lost 1-0. Though he has hardly played for the national team since then, he was a member of the squad that finished fourth at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and won the 2011 Copa America.
Following Uruguay’s continental title success, Silva left Defensor Sporting for Olimpia of Paraguay, where he won the Torneo Clausura in his first season with the Asuncion club.