Arturo Álvarez (El Salvador footballer)

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Arturo Álvarez
Personal information
Full name Jose Arturo Alvarez Hernandez
Date of birth (1985-06-28) 28 June 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Houston, Texas, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 12
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 36 (5)
National team
United States U17
United States U18
United States U20
United States U23
2009– El Salvador 36 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 17, 2015

José Arturo Álvarez Hernández (born June 28, 1985, in Houston, Texas) is an American-Salvadoran footballer who currently plays for Hungarian club Videoton.



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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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[4]

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.


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.[5] 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
3 September 10, 2014 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, US  Belize
2 – 0
2 – 0
2014 Copa Centroamericana
4 June 16, 2015 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Saint Kitts and Nevis
3 – 0
4 – 1
2018 FIFA World Cup Q





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