Chivas USA selected Carlos Alvarez with the second overall pick Thursday morning at the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Chivas USA coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola was present at the draft, held in Indianapolis, after representing the club at the MLS Combine this past weekend in Florida. The selection was not a surprise, as Chelis publicly announced he wanted to select Alvarez earlier this week, but there was some speculation that the New England Revolution would try to put a spanner in the works as they traded up to get the first overall selection. In the end, the Revs picked Andrew Farrell from Louisville, while Chivas got their man.
Alvarez, 22, is a midfielder who played four years at the University of Connecticut. Capable of scoring and setting up goals in college, Alvarez will be expected to help jumpstart the attack for the Goats, which was by far the worst in the league in 2012. Additionally, Alvarez is a local boy, from Los Angeles, and his father played for Chivas de Guadalajara. Alvarez was on record during the combine saying that he wanted to come to Chivas USA, so his wish has been fulfilled.
We will have more coverage of the draft and Chivas USA's day later on. Stay tuned!
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