Alvarez or Lopez? Who will it be?
Thursday, Jan. 17 will be the day Chivas USA makes its 22nd selection in the history of the MLS SuperDraft. And this year, the Red-and-White will have to think hard about its selection, holding only one pick, the second overall just after Toronto FC.
Throughout the Combine, MLSsoccer.com put University of Connecticut’s Carlos Alvarez and University of North Carolina’s Mikey Lopez as strong candidates for Chivas USA.
As a midfielder, Alvarez, an East LA native, played a total of 61 games (60 starts) in his three years with UConn, scoring 13 goals and adding 33 assists. In the Combine, Alvarez notched one goal and one assist playing as a forward. According to Coach Chelis, he did not think that was the best position for Alvarez and would’ve liked to see him play as an attacking midfielder. Perhaps with Chivas USA?
On the other hand, Lopez stood out in the first Combine match, getting the attention of many MLS club coaches, including Coach Chelis. The UNC midfielder is the youngest player in the combine; he played and started in all 21 games for UNC and scored two goals, adding one assist in the 2012 season. In his first collegiate year, Lopez played in 25 games (21 starts), scored three goals and summed four assist. Internationally, both Alvarez and Lopez have been called up to U.S. U20 National Team.
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