Chivas USA selects Carlos Alvarez with the second-overall pick in 2013 MLS SuperDraft

Rojiblancos draft Los Angeles native and Big East Conference Midfielder of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, January 17, 2013) – Chivas USA today selected University of Connecticut midfielder Carlos Alvarez with the second-overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. The 22-year-old Mexican-American from Los Angeles started 21 games last season for the Huskies, recording seven goals and nine assists in his senior year. The 5-foot-10 Alvarez was named Big East Conference Midfielder of the Year while earning All-Big East First Team honors. Alvarez, a M.A.C Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2012, was called into the Under-20 U.S. national team in 2008 and Mexico’s U-20 national team in 2009.

“I’m happy to come back home and be with my family and happy to represent this jersey,” said Alvarez. “It’s something I’m proud of. [Head Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola “El Chelis”] believed in me and I believe in this organization. I know how big this organization is going back to Chivas de Guadalajara. We need to build that winning mentality and hopefully with the help of Chelis and the philosophy that he has and the players that are going to represent the jersey we can be a hundred percent there.”

“He was a player that wanted to be with Chivas USA and we all wanted him to be here,” said Sanchez Sola. “We scouted a number of players at the combine and only a few, in my opinion, are ready to be in a starting 11 in this league. Carlos is one of them. He has a lot of character on the field. He is a player that has excellent ball control and attacks forward.”

The new Rojiblanco will report to Chivas USA on Saturday, Jan. 19, to start preseason camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. under the guidance of the newly-appointed Coach Sanchez Sola. Chivas USA hosts the Columbus Crew in its 2013 season opener on Saturday, March 2, at The Home Depot Center at 7:30 p.m. PT.

CARLOS ALVAREZ
School: University of Connecticut
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-10
Weight: 160 lbs
Date of Birth: 11/12/1990
Place of birth: East Los Angeles, Calif.
Hometown: East Los Angeles, Calif.
Citizenship: USA

COLLEGIATE RECORD
YR       SCHOOL         GP       GS       G         A
2012    UCONN           21        21        7          9
2011    UCONN           22        21        6          8                                             
2010    UCONN           20        20        4          14
2009    UCONN           19        19        3          11       

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

College
2012: M.A.C Hermann Trophy semifinalist; Big East Midfielder of the Year; All-Big East First Team
2011: All-America Second Team and All-Northeast Region First Team honors from the NSCAA; All-Big East Second Team
2010: All-Big East First Team; NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team
2009: Big East Rookie of the Year; All-Big East Third Team; All-Big East Rookie Team

High School
Bishop Mora Salesian (2008)
Led his team to four league titles, earned First Team All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) in 2007 and 2008.

Personal
Majored in Spanish and literature and culture

Club/National Team
Played for the LAFC in 2007 and 2008
Played for the Pateadores in 2006
U-20 U.S. National Team in August 2008 and U-20 Mexico National Team in March 2009

CHIVAS USA SELECTION IN 2013 MLS SUPERDRAFT
First Round:          2nd overall (Natural 1st round pick)   Carlos Alvarez (University of Connecticut)

CHIVAS USA ALL-TIME FIRST ROUND SUPERDRAFT SELECTIONS
2005       2nd Overall             Brad Guzan (University of South Carolina)
2006       5th Overall              Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall University)
2007       7th Overall              John Cunliffe (Fort Lewis College)
2009       9th Overall              Michael Lahoud (Wake Forest University)
2010       10th Overall           Blair Gavin (University of Akron)
2011       4th Overall              Zarek Valentin (University of Akron)
2011       14th Overall           Victor Estupiñan (LDU Quito)
2012       5th Overall              Casey Townsend (University of Maryland)
2013    2nd Overall       Carlos Alvarez (University of Connecticut)