Arturo Alvarez

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Arturo Alvarez
Arturo Alvarez at Galaxy at Earthquakes 2010-08-21 2.JPG
Personal information
Full name Jose Arturo Alvarez Hernandez
Date of birth (1985-06-28) 28 June 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Houston, Texas, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder / Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Videoton
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 San Jose Earthquakes 26 (2)
2005–2008 FC Dallas 88 (11)
2008–2010 San Jose Earthquakes 54 (11)
2011 Real Salt Lake 16 (0)
2012-2013 Paços de Ferreira 13 (3)
2013 Videoton (loan) 11 (2)
2013– Videoton 23 (4)
National team
United States U17
United States U18
United States U20
United States U23
2009– El Salvador 22 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 9, 2014

José Arturo Alvarez Hernandez (born June 28, 1985 in Houston, Texas) is a left-footed, American-born Salvadoran footballer who currently plays for Videoton FC.

Career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Alvarez did not play college soccer; instead, he joined MLS in 2003, signing a Project-40 contract, and was selected thirteenth overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes. In his first year, Alvarez scored his first MLS goal on June 14, 2003, against FC Dallas but would go on to get limited playing time. However, the Earthquakes traded him to Dallas before the 2005 season in a deal that included Richard Mulrooney and Brad Davis.

During the 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, in the second leg of FC Dallas' Conference semifinal match with the Houston Dynamo, Alvarez was sent off for "violent conduct" after he kneed Brad Davis in the groin while out of bounds in the forty-seventh minute. Dallas went on to lose the tie 4–1, and the match 4–2 on aggregate.

Alvarez was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes in July 2008 for allocation money and their first round draft pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. In his debut, he scored the first goal of the match against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a match that ended 3–2. On November 24, 2010 Alvarez was selected in the tenth round of the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft by Portland Timbers but was immediately traded to Real Salt Lake for a 2nd round 2011 MLS SuperDraft pick.

The Salvadoran American made his debut with Real Salt Lake on March 15, 2011, when he entered in the 88th minuteof the first leg of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals against Saprissa.

After the 2011 season, Real Salt Lake did not re-sign Alvarez. He opted to participate in the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft and was selected by Chivas USA on December 5, 2011.[1] However, he instead signed a two-year contract with Portuguese first division club Paços de Ferreira. On March 18, 2012 he scored his first goal with his new team against Académica[2]

On February 7, 2013, he was loaned to Hungarian club Videoton. He played well enough with the team that in June 2013, he signed a two year contract to stay in Hungary.

International[edit]

United States[edit]

Alvarez represented the United States in various youth levels – U-17, U-18, and U-20. He also participated in various matches and training camps with the U-23 team.

El Salvador[edit]

Though Alvarez played on various United States national squads at the youth level, he was never called up to the senior national team. Being of Salvadoran descent, Alvarez was invited to play for the El Salvador national team by coach Carlos de los Cobos.[3] On August 12, 2009, Alvarez made his debut for El Salvador in a World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago. On September 5, 2009, Alvarez started in a World Cup qualifier against his home country at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. El Salvador fell, 2–1. On September 9, 2009, Alvarez played his first home game in Estadio Cuscatlán, in San Salvador, El Salvador against Costa Rica. El Salvador was victorious 1-0.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competitions
1 June 12, 2011 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Cuba
5 – 1
6 – 1
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2 June 4, 2014 Toyota Stadium, Dallas, Texas, United States  Ivory Coast
1 – 2
1 – 2
Friendly

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