Posted on December 5, 2011
El Savladoran international midfielder Arturo Alvarez was selected by Chivas USA in Major League Soccer’s re-entry draft on Monday.
Chivas grabbed Alvarez, who was placed in the re-entry by his former club, Real Salt Lake.
The 26-year-old Alvarez played only one season with RSL. He had joined RSL via the 2010 re-entry draft from the San Jose Earthquakes. he started eight games for coach Jason Kreis, finishing with one assist.
Alvarez also played a role off the bench during RSL’s CONCACAF Champions League run and helped set up a goal for Javier Morales in the first leg of the final against Mexican side and eventual champions Monterrey.
Alvarez has been offered bona fide contract offers by Chivas after his option was declined by RSL.
Veteran defender Carlos Mendes, the last playing link to the old MetroStars on the club, was selected by the Columbus Crew.
Mendes had his option declined by the Red Bulls. Mendes earned a base salary of $98,175 in 2011 and a guaranteed salary of $101,300.
Because the Mineola, N.Y. native had his option declined, he joined the Crew’s roster under the terms of that option.
“Carlos is a proven player with a lot of game experience in our league,” Crew coach Robert Warzycha said. “He also brings leadership qualities and is highly regarded by his peers. We are very happy to be able to add him to our team.”
Mendes, who turns 31 on Dec. 25, was the last MetroStar on the Red Bulls roster, having joined the team in 2005 when Bob Bradley was coach. He also had the longest current tenure with the club, having played in the last seven seasons.
He ranks third on the club’s game career list with 146 appearances and 128 starts.
Midfielder Dane Richards takes over as the longest-serving Red Bull, having been drafted by the club in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
The New England Revolution selected Toronto FC former Red Bulls defender-midfielder Danleigh Borman.
Like Alvarez, Borman was out of contract, so MLS will extend a bona fide Offer to him as well.
Players that were out of contract may either accept or reject the bona fide Offer. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS.
Players not selected on Monday are eligible for the Stage 2 Draft, which will take place on Monday, Dec. 12. The draft will take place via teleconference with all 19 clubs represented. MLS will release the results following the call.
Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Drafts are conducted in the same order as the traditional Waiver Draft, with the Montreal Impact selecting 19th.
Categories: Central America, El Salvador, U.S.A.
Tags: Arturo Alvarez, Carlos Mendes, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, Dane Richards, Danleigh Borman, Major League Soccer, MLS re-entry draft, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC