It's homecoming for Alvarez

East LA native Carlos Alvarez is selected by Chivas USA in MLS SuperDraft

Carlos Alvarez combine

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There were no surprises on Thursday morning when Chivas USA’s lone MLS SuperDraft pick went to University of Connecticut midfielder Carlos Alvarez.

“I’m very happy to be going back home to be with my family and representing this club,” the East Los Angeles native told CDChivasUSA.com after his selection. “It’s something I’m proud of. [Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá] 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.”

During the Combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Alvarez had a one-on-one meeting with Coach Chelis to discuss his future plans with the Red-and-White strategist. Coach Chelis let Alvarez know that he was selecting him in the draft and to not let anybody know. A few hours later, MLSsoccer.com leaked the selection news and revealed the reasons behind his selection.

“He has a lot of positive characteristics as a soccer player,” Sanchez Solá said. “He plays well, he has good field vision, but at the end of the day, it could be that they don’t perform when they should. He told me that he yearns to be part of the team and we need people like that.”

Alvarez graduated from Salesian High School in Los Angeles and played three years for UConn, participating in a total of 61 games (60 starts), scoring 13 goals and adding 33 assists. Although he describes his time in the East Coast as a memorable and successful one, LA was always on his mind.

“I definitely missed the Mexican community, my family, my friends; I missed seeing my little brothers grow up and definitely the food,” Alvarez said. “I’m very happy to be coming home to the people that love me.”

Welcome back Carlos!