Perhaps enjoying a lower profile than many of his competitors for the position of third-choice goalkeeper, Martin Andres Silva has the distinction of being one of the few members of the Uruguay squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ to still ply his trade in the domestic league.
In fact, this Montevideo native has a footballing CV that is almost a curiosity in the modern game, having spent his entire career with just one club: Defensor Sporting. Emerging from the club’s youth ranks, he made his top-flight debut in 2006, and over time became a permanent fixture in the team. He proved to be a key member of the Violetas sides that lifted the national title in the 2007/2008 season, and that reached the quarter-finals of the 2007 and 2009 Copa Libertadores.
Standing 1.87 metres in height, Silva has developed a no-nonsense, assured style between the posts, built around good positional sense and effective communication skills, qualities that were in evidence when part of the U-20 Uruguay team who bid unsuccessfully to qualify for the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup UAE.
After being drafted into the international squad on a number of occasions by Oscar Tabarez, Silva earned his first senior cap against Algeria on 12 August 2009 in a 1-0 friendly defeat in Algiers. Despite since returning to the bench, his quality has seen El Maestro retain him as a replacement option and if called upon, few will doubt his ability to step up to the plate as a last line of defence for La Celeste.