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By FRANCO PANIZO
LAUDERHILL, Fla. — Carlos Alvarez and Chivas USA might just be a match made in heaven.
A day after new Chivas USA head coach Jose ‘Chelis’ Sanchez tweeted how he hopes to select Mexican-Americans in the upcoming MLS SuperDraft, Alvarez revealed to SBI that his preferred destination would be with the Goats.
“I want to go to Chivas. That’s where I want to go to,” Alvarez told SBI on Sunday after his Prime team played to a scoreless draw with adiPure. “Hopefully it comes true. We’ll see what happens.”
Chivas USA have the second pick in Thursday’s draft and their inclination for Mexican players means they will most likely select the 22-year-old midfielder from UConn or Mikey Lopez of North Carolina. Alvarez is hoping it is him that is taken second overall, as playing for Chivas USA would allow him to play in his hometown of Los Angeles, and also allow him to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“My dad played and everything for Chivas (de Guadalajara), so that’s the blood,” said Alvarez. “We’ll see where I go, but if I would choose I would want to choose back home.”
Like Lopez, Alvarez did not speak to Chivas USA or Sanchez during the first round of interviews with MLS teams on Saturday. In fact, Alvarez only spoke to the Seattle Sounders. He could, however, talk to the Goats on Monday when the next round of player-team meetings take place, a day that Alvarez expects will be busier for him.
“My agent, he told me he wanted me to rest pretty much (on Saturday) and (Monday) I have all my meetings,” said Alvarez. “He just wanted me to focus on this game and that’s what I did.”
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