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Yordany Álvarez

Yordany Álvarez
Personal information
Full nameYordany Álvarez Oropeza
Date of birth (1985-05-24) May 24, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birthCienfuegos, Cuba
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubReal Salt Lake
Senior career*
2006–2008FC Cienfuegos
2009–2010Austin Aztex40(5)
2011Orlando City21(2)
2011Real Salt Lake (loan)5(0)
2012–Real Salt Lake29(1)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 22, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 17, 2011

Yordany Álvarez Oropeza (born May 24, 1985 in Cienfuegos) is a Cuban footballer who currently plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer.



Álvarez began his career in his native Cuba, playing with his hometown club FC Cienfuegos in the Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Cuba.

While playing for the Cuban U-23 national team in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Tampa, Florida in March 2008, Álvarez along with several other members of the team, defected to the United States under the wet foot dry foot scheme that allows Cubans who reach U.S. soil to obtain asylum.[1]

United States

Following an unsuccessful trial with Los Angeles Galaxy,[2] Álvarez was signed to a professional contract by the USL First Division expansion franchise Austin Aztex after attending the Aztex open tryouts in California in March 2009. He made his debut for the team on April 18, 2009, in Austin's USL1 season opener against Minnesota Thunder.[3] On January 21, 2010 renewed his contract by signing a three-year deal with the club.[4] Prior to the 2011 season, new owners purchased the club and moved it to Orlando, Florida, renaming it Orlando City S.C.. The club played in the USL Pro league in 2011, winning the league championship with Álvarez being named league most valuable player.

At the end of the 2011 USL Pro season, Álvarez signed with Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake on a loan agreement.[5] In January 2012, Salt Lake exercised its option to purchase Álvarez [6] and he signed a three-year contract in February 2012.[7]


Orlando City


External links

  • MLS player profile
  • Austin Aztex bio
  • Yordany Álvarez at
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