Orlando City SC has acquired forward Alexander Antonio Alvarado Carriel, more commonly known as Alexander Alvarado. After spending the last three years with Ecuadorian LigaPro Serie A side S.D. Aucas, the Ecuador native joins the Lions on a free, short-term loan with an option to exercise a permanent transfer at the conclusion of the 2020 campaign. Alvarado will join the Lions pending the receipt of his ITC, P-1 visa and completion of any mandatory quarantine period under local government and MLS health and safety protocol.
“Alexander possesses a great amount of versatility, able to play on the left, on the right or at the center,” Orlando City EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi said. “We’re excited to welcome another young, dynamic addition to our team and think he has a bright future ahead of him. We look forward to seeing what he can add to our already competitive roster.”
In 2020, Alvarado made 15 appearances for S.D. Aucas, where he netted two goals and provided four assists including one finish in two Copa Sudamericana appearances. The Quevedo, Ecuador native has netted six goals and 14 assists through 88 appearances all-time for S.D. Aucas.
Alvarado has made two appearances for the senior Ecuador national team, making his international debut and notching his first assist on Sept. 11 of last year. He has 17 appearances, four goals and two assists under his belt with Ecuador’s U20 side, including three finishes at the U-20 South American Championship 2019 and one at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 in Poland.
The 21-year-old forward began his senior career with Deportivo Quito in 2015, making his senior debut on Dec. 3 of that year.