(Toronto FC file photo) (Toronto FC file photo)

Desperate for attacking help, D.C. United has acquired second-year midfielder Luis Silva from Toronto FC for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

Silva, 24, has started 11 league matches (14 appearances) with no goals and two assists this year. As a rookie, however, he posted five goals and five assists.

“Luis is an exciting and creative young player with tremendous technical ability,” United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a written statement. “He has shown the capacity to manufacture and score goals. We’re excited to add a player of his caliber to a dynamic young core of players.”

United has scored eight goals in 19 matches and is on pace to set the MLS record for offensive futility.

“We are bringing in new attacking talent this window and Luis’s playing time would likely suffer,” Toronto President and General Manager Kevin Payne said in a written statement. “This move helps give us more flexibility now and for the future.”

United now employs three of the top seven picks from the 2012 draft: Silva, forward Casey Townsend (chosen No. 6 by Chivas USA) and midfielder Nick DeLeon (No. 7 by United).

Silva is likely to debut for United on Friday night in a friendly against Chivas Guadalajara at RFK Stadium. He is the second young American acquired by United (2-13-4) in the past week: Midfielder Jared Jeffrey has joined the club from German club Mainz.

At UC Santa Barbara, Silva was a teammate of United veteran Chris Pontius for one season (2008) and played alongside Pontius’s brother, Tim, for multiple years.