Carlos Alvarez was acquired by the Colorado Rapids on July 1, 2014, from Chivas USA, in exchange for Nathan Sturgis.
Chivas USA selected the midfielder out of the University of Connecticut with the second overall pick in the 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
In his rookie season with the Red-and-White, the East Los Angeles native played in 29 league games (26 starts), while logging 2,182 minutes and tallying a pair of goals to go along with three assists. Alvarez made his MLS debut in the first SuperClásico of the 2013 season against the LA Galaxy when he came into the match as a second-half substitute, and scoring his first professional goal to give Chivas USA a last-minute draw against their cross-hall rival.
While at UCONN, Alvarez started 21 games in his final season with the Huskies, recording seven goals and nine assists in his senior year. The 5-foot-10 attacker was named Big East Conference Midfielder of the Year while earning All-Big East First Team honors.
Alvarez, a M.A.C Hermann Trophy semifinalist in 2012, was called up to the Under-20 U.S. National Team in 2008 and Mexico’s U-20 National Team in 2009.