SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Carlos Alvarez

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Carlos Alvarez’s professional debut went about as well as he could have ever imagined.

The Chivas USA rookie came on as a halftime substitute in Sunday’s ‘SuperClasico’ showdown vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy and ended the match by scoring the equalizing goal in a 1-1 draw at Home Depot Center.

Alvarez’s first professional goal made him the pick to be SBI MLS Rookie of the Week. Alvarez beat out Colorado forward Deshorn Brown, Seattle fullback DeAndre Yedlin and New England fullback Andrew Farrell for this week’s honors.

The No. 2 pick in the 2013 MLS Draft, Alvarez had yet to make an appearance for the Goats before Sunday, but showed why Chivas USA made him the second player chosen in the draft.

“Alvarez was a great college soccer player but the MLS’ level is different and he’s adjusting to it,” Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. “He keeps on making the effort day in and day out, but please, let’s talk about Alvarez, the human being, the young guy with big charisma, the guy who today, making his debut in the league, scored his first goal and nonetheless against the Galaxy. Alvarez, the individual who grew up loving this institution, in this city, and as I said, he scored in front of his family, friends, and followers. We, as an institution, should feel fortunate to have him.”

What did you think of Alvarez’s performance? Which rookie impressed you the most in MLS Week Three?

Share your thoughts below.

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10 Responses to SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Carlos Alvarez

  1. HEB says:

    This is going to upset a lot of people

  2. Excellency says:

    I will be out onthe leftcoast this summer and will be buying tickets for a Chivas home game. Looks exciting. Love the way they put the rookie in the game.

  3. drew11 says:

    How about a homegrown player of the week? McBean had 2 goals last week.

    • Samurai says:

      Alvarez was born in Los Angeles I believe. So he is homegrown player because he played college soccer here. Mcbean came through the Galaxy system, also a homegrown.

  4. Chupacabra says:

    Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, aka Chelis. But why stop at five?

    How about Jose Mountain Dew Luis Beef Supreme Sanchez Elizondo Sola Camacho?

  5. Reid says:

    I’ll miss watching this kid play, had some great years just down the street at Uconn, but i don’t believe i’ve ever watched a CUSA game in my life, and don’t plan to start now

    • Vicente says:

      That’s ok that you won’t watch the Chivas game because its us against them and we all know who us and them are

    • Chris says:

      Well then that’s a shame you’re letting your prejudice force you into missing out on seeing his promising professional career, your loss.

  6. ELAC says:

    One game at a time.

  7. Leonardo says:

    i was @hdc. what a game! chivas def played with crazy intensity, like true underdogs should. galaxy played well, but in spurts. every 2nd ball in the midfield was fought using body-shoulders-elbows-studs-up – it was gory at times. sunday put “Rivalry” back in el SuperClasico.

    props to Alvarez, playing in front of his family. and props to Chelis for putting him in and keeping his team’s foot on the gas the entire game; when your asst. coach gets thrown out, you know you mean business. the players fed off that.