By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
SAN ANTONIO – Former Colorado Rapids midfielder Carlos Alvarez was on Tuesday unveiled as the first signing in club history by San Antonio’s new USL club. A former second overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder made more than 50 appearances in MLS over the past three years.
“Carlos is a player I’ve admired and respected for a long time,” said San Antonio Head Coach Darren Powell. “He is a creative attacking player that’s looking for a good run of games, and we envision him being a big part of our roster this season.”
Alvarez spent his first two seasons with Chivas USA, for which he made 40 appearances and had two goals and three assists before being traded to the Rapids midway through the 2014 MLS season. In 2015, Alvarez spent time on loan in the USL with the Charlotte Independence, for whom he had two goals and four assists in 22 appearances.
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“I want to give thanks to the USL San Antonio franchise and Coach Powell for being interested in me and for giving me the opportunity to keep doing what I love to do – playing futbol,” said Alvarez. “I’m happy to join this new family and I can promise that I will do my best every day when I step on the field and will always play my heart out.”A standout at the University of Connecticut, Alvarez was a two-time NSCAA All-America selection, and in 2012 was named the Big East Midfielder of the Year in addition to earning a fourth consecutive Big East All-Conference selection, two of which saw him named to the First Team. Alvarez twice led the Big East in assists during his college career.