Yordany Álvarez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Álvarez and the second or maternal family name is Oropeza.
Yordany Álvarez
Personal information
Full name Yordany Álvarez Oropeza
Date of birth (1985-05-24) May 24, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Cienfuegos, Cuba
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 FC Cienfuegos
2009–2010 Austin Aztex 40 (5)
2011 Orlando City 21 (2)
2011 Real Salt Lake (loan) 5 (0)
2012–2014 Real Salt Lake 33 (1)
2014 Orlando City (loan) 13 (1)
Total 112+ (9+)
National team
2006–2008 Cuba 8 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Yordany Álvarez Oropeza (born May 24, 1985) is a former Cuban footballer.



Álvarez began his career in his native Cuba, playing with his hometown club FC Cienfuegos in the Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Cuba.

While playing for the Cuban U-23 national team in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Tampa, Florida in March 2008, Álvarez, along with several other members of the team, defected to the United States under the wet foot dry foot scheme that allows Cubans who reach U.S. soil to obtain asylum.[1]

United States[edit]

Following an unsuccessful trial with Los Angeles Galaxy,[2] Álvarez was signed to a professional contract by the USL First Division expansion franchise Austin Aztex after attending the Aztex open tryouts in California in March 2009. He made his debut for the team on April 18, 2009, in Austin's USL1 season opener against Minnesota Thunder.[3] On January 21, 2010 renewed his contract by signing a three-year deal with the club.[4] Prior to the 2011 season, new owners purchased the club and moved it to Orlando, Florida, renaming it Orlando City S.C.. The club played in the USL Pro league in 2011, winning the league championship with Álvarez being named league most valuable player.

At the end of the 2011 USL Pro season, Álvarez signed with Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake on a loan agreement.[5] In January 2012, Salt Lake exercised its option to purchase Álvarez [6] and he signed a three-year contract in February 2012.[7]

On 22 January 2014, it was announced that Álvarez was loaned back to Orlando City SC for the 2014 USL Pro season and the move would be made permanent in 2015 when the club began play in MLS. In exchange for Álvarez, Real Salt Lake acquired Orlando's 4th round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. This deal made Álvarez the second player ever signed to Orlando's MLS roster, second only to Kevin Molino.[8] However on August 29, 2014, Álvarez was forced to retire after undergoing a series of tests for a medical condition he suffered during a match on June 7 against the Dayton Dutch Lions.[9]


Álvarez received his U.S. green card in 2011.[10]


Orlando City[edit]

Real Salt Lake[edit]


USL Pro MVP: 2011[8]


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