For second time in four weeks, Hugo Silva is MASL's Defensive Player of the Week

by Brian Ackley

LAKELAND, Fla -- The phrase "Save by Silva" has become a popular one at the RP Funding Center. And for good reason.

For the second time in four weeks, Florida Tropics goaltender Hugo Silva has been named the Major Arena Soccer League's Defensive Player of the Week, after leading his team to a 6-2 win over Utica City FC Sunday.

Silva earned the honors after registering 15 saves in the team's fifth win of the 2021-22 season. He was been a second team All MASL pick each of the last two season. Currently, he is  second in the league in save percentage with a rating of  .793, second  in wins with four, and has collectred 73 saves.

"I've felt for a long time Hugo is one of the best, if honestly not the best, goaltenders in the entire league," Florida Coach Clay Roberts said. "He came into camp this year in great shape with that desire to take his game to an even higher level, and he's done that so far. Playing great defense is a team effort to be sure, but it all starts with Hugo. He's been fantastic."

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