Arturo Álvarez (El Salvador footballer)
|Full name||Jose Arturo Alvarez Hernandez|
|Date of birth||28 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Winger / Forward|
|2003–2004||San Jose Earthquakes||26||(2)|
|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)|
|United States U17|
|United States U18|
|United States U20|
|United States U23|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2014.
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, in January 2005 Alvarez was traded by San Jose with Richard Mulrooney and the #6 and #29 picks in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft to FC Dallas in exchange for Brad Davis, cash, and the #4 pick in the 2005 SuperDraft.
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 new 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.
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. 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
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.
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. 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.
|1||June 12, 2011||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Cuba||
||2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2||June 4, 2014||Toyota Stadium, Dallas, Texas, United States||Ivory Coast||
|3||September 10, 2014||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, US||Belize||
||2014 Copa Centroamericana|
|4||June 16, 2015||Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador||Saint Kitts and Nevis||
||2018 FIFA World Cup Q|
- American playing for El Salvador in Cup qualifier, ESPN, 2009-09-03, retrieved 2009-09-05
- Arturo Álvarez – FIFA competition record
- MLS player profile
- Arturo Álvarez at National-Football-Teams.com