SJ Earthquakes Silva nearly drowns in Lake Tahoe listed in critical condition; Doctors checking for brain damage

July 5, 2017

MLS, San Jose Earthquakes

photo by San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Matheus Silva

By Joe Lami and Matt Harrington

SAN JOSE–20 year old midfielder Matheus Silva of the San Jose Earthquakes who was on loan to the Reno 1868s of the United Soccer League nearly drowned early Tuesday morning around 6AM. Silva swimming in the icy waters of Lake Tahoe called out to his friends who were with him for help. The friends thought that Silva was joking around at first but later knew something was wrong when it got all quiet and there was no one answer from Silva as his friends called out to him.

The friends reportedly fished Silva out of the water and started CPR and chest compressions at the beach. Eric Guevin of the Lake Tahoe Fire & Rescue told the media that Silva’s “his heart stopped and he wasn’t breathing” Luckily for Silva’s friends the rescue station was right across the street from the resort where Silva had been swimming. The theory on what might have got Silva in trouble was he might have been having “water shock syndrome” which Silva was in shock and couldn’t move or swim from the sudden cold of the frigid water.

The friends called Florida Montverde Academy High School where Silva went to school looking for Silva’s old coach Mike Potempo who Silva said was like a father to him. It turned out that Silva’s mother Marcia was visiting the school and the coach who told Marcia about the medical emergency and Marcia caught the first flight from Miami to Reno. Doctors reported that Silva’s eyes were dilated when they shined a light in them according neurological tests at the hospital.  Silva is listed in critical condition and doctors are reportedly checking for brain damage after Silva stopped breathing and if Silva did not get enough oxygen while being unconscious.

The 1868’s parent team the San Jose Earthquakes were playing in Atlanta on Tuesday night and that Silva was on loan with Reno and had played only two games with the 68s this season. Last season Silva played in four games for the Quakes and mostly played in Arizona for the USL team there.

Joe Lami and Matt Harrington cover San Jose Earthquakes MLS at


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