Ventura Alvarado

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Ventura Alvarado
Ventura Alvarado CONCACAF Quarter-Finals (USA vs Cuba) - Baltimore, MD (July 2015).jpg
Alvarado playing for the United States in 2015
Personal information
Full name Ventura Alvarado Aispuro[1]
Date of birth (1992-08-16) August 16, 1992 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Santos Laguna
Number 3
Youth career
2008–2012 América
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2017 América 42 (0)
2013–2014 Necaxa (loan) 21 (1)
2017– Santos Laguna 1 (0)
National team
2015– United States 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 May 2016

Ventura Alvarado Aispuro (born August 16, 1992) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Liga MX club Santos Laguna.

Born in the U.S. to Mexican parents, Alvarado was eligible to represent the United States and Mexico national teams,[2][3] but ultimately chose to play for the country of his birth. He has represented his country at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Club career[edit]

Alvarado signed with Club América in 2008 as a teenager. He worked his way up the ranks in the América's academy, starting with the Tercera Division team, moving to the U-17 team in 2009–10, to the Segunda Division team in 2010–11, and to the U-20 team in the 2011–12 season. With the U-20 team, he was a regular in the squad that won the 2012 U-20 Clausura championship. In June 2012, he played every minute for Club América U-20 in the U-20 Copa Libertadores, where the team finished third.

Alvarado became involved with the first team in the 2012–13 season and made his debut in a Copa MX match in July.[4] On February 16, 2013, he debuted in Liga MX, replacing Raúl Jiménez at 86 minutes.[5] He was loaned to Necaxa for the 2013–14 season.[6]

He returned to América for the 2014 Apertura[7] and started both legs of the final as América won its 12th title.[8]

International career[edit]

Originally eligible for both his native United States and Mexico via his Mexican parents, Alvarado expressed interest in both national teams.[9] Ultimately, he debuted for the United States in a 3–2 loss against Denmark on March 25, 2015.[10] He was cap tied to the United States on July 7, 2015, when he started the opening match of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup versus Honduras.




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