TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Trade
The Houston Dynamo brought a veteran presence to their attack during Sunday's trade window, acquiring attacking midfielder Arturo Alvarez from the Chicago Fire in exchange for the Dynamo's natural second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
A native of Houston, Alvarez is a 12-year MLS veteran with 237 career MLS games (146 starts). During his time in MLS – which he has split between Chicago, Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas and two separate stints with the San Jose Earthquakes – Alvarez has logged 32 goals and 30 assists.
“We are pleased to add Arturo Alvarez to our roster as we prepare for the 2018 season,” said Dynamo vice president and general manager Matt Jordan in a team statement. “His quality on the field along with his professional approach to the game will make him a good addition to our group.”
Alvarez has represented El Salvador at the senior international level 43 times and has scored four goals. He has represented the country of his parents’ birth in the 2011 and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cups, the 2014 Copa Centroamericana and FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches. One of his four international goals came at BBVA Compass Stadium when he netted the second goal in a 2-0 win by Los Cuscatlecos over Belize in the 2014 Copa Centroamericana.
This season, Alvarez appeared in 25 games with 13 starts, scoring three goals and notching two assists for a Fire club that rebounded from a last-place finish in 2016 to 55 points and third place in the Eastern Conference.