Bishop Mora Salesian alumni Carlos Alvarez, a midfielder for the University of Connecticut was selected by Chivas USA on Jan. 17 as the second-overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
The East Los Angeles native returns to Los Angeles after being named Big East Conference Midfielder of the Year while earning All-Big East First Team honors. Alvarez was also called into the Under-20 U.S. national team in 2008 and Mexico’s U-20 national team in 2009.
“I’m happy to come back home and be with my family and happy to represent this jersey,” said Alvarez. “It’s something I’m proud of. [Head Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola “El Chelis”] believed in me and I believe in this organization. I know how big this organization is going back to Chivas de Guadalajara. We need to build that winning mentality and hopefully with the help of Chelis and the philosophy that he has and the players that are going to represent the jersey we can be a hundred percent there.”
Alvarez reported to Chivas USA on Saturday to start preseason camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. under the guidance of the newly-appointed Coach Sanchez Sola, according to a news release.
“He was a player that wanted to be with Chivas USA and we all wanted him to be here,” said Sanchez Sola. “We scouted a number of players at the combine and only a few, in my opinion, are ready to be in a starting 11 in this league. Carlos is one of them. He has a lot of character on the field. He is a player that has excellent ball control and attacks forward.”
While attending Salesian high school, Alvarez led his team to four league titles and earned First Team All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) in 2007 and 2008, according to Chivas USA. In 2006, he played for the Pateadores.
At the University of Connecticut last year, Alvarez was a M.A.C Hermann Trophy semifinalist; in 2011 he earned All-America Second Team and All-Northeast Region First Team honors from the NSCAA; All-Big East Second Team. And in 2010, he earned All-Big East First Team; NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team 2009: Big East Rookie of the Year; All-Big East Third Team; All-Big East Rookie Team.
Alvarez majored in Spanish Literature and Culture.
More information on Alvarez at www.cdchivasusa.com