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Sounders Rumored Interest In Ever Alvarado Appealing Direction

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Don Garber's goal to become a top soccer league in the world will take many different efforts. One of those is likely to be MLS teams attracting strong young talent from other leagues in CONCACAF. The Seattle Sounders appear to be interested (Goal.com) in one of those, leftback Ever Alvarado (Football-Lineups). There is a bit of history connecting the 19 year old Honduran to Seattle, but it could be typical obfuscation or light interest (MLS-Rumors).

Regardless of the veracity of the rumor, there is an appeal to a player with this type of resume. It is likely, though not certain, that it is the same Alvarado who was a guest player (3rdDegree) with FC Dallas many years ago. Hispanic-Americans falling through the cracks of the US system isn't unusual, and made more likely in the years without the formal Reserve League. If Seattle can intrigue a young player with experience on the Honduran youth teams (soccerway), and likely on Honduras upcoming Olympic qualifying (SBNation) team that increases their appeal to other young players scattered throughout the hemisphere, something that will only increase if Alvarado develops and moves to an even greater league.

Alvarado isn't only appealing because of his youth and nationality. He plays a position of need and holds CONCACAF Champions League experience. We're working on more than philosophy and resume behind this rumor, but it is a desirable concept regardless of truth. It is about more than just a replacement level MLS player. Honduras is a decent league and Real Espana performs similar to FCD and the Colorado Rapids of MLS, LD Alajuelense of Costa Rica and Guatemalan sides Municipal and Comunicaciones according to HexaganolBlog's coeffecients. He isn't a starter there. This would not be a move for the future as much as present. On just approach it signals a continuation of the shift to younger high potential players rather than retirees.