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Olimpia captain tears ACL, will miss Sounders match

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Ever Alvarado suffered the injury in Sunday’s league match. Olimpia will also be missing a starting centerback.

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Olimpia’s hopes of toppling the Seattle Sounders in Concacaf Champion League play took a serious blow on Sunday when captain Ever Alvardo was forced out of the 5-0 win over Marathón match after tearing his ACL in the 19th minute. The defender, who once trialed with the Sounders, will miss 6-9 months.

To make matters worse for Olimpia, head coach Pedro Troglio confirmed that centerback Jonathan Paz will also miss the Sounders match due to visa issues.

In Alvarado and Paz, Olimpia loses two of their most consistent defenders. Alvarado has been a fixture for Olimpia during parts of six seasons spread over two three-year spans. In between, he spent most of 2016 the Sporting KC organization, making one MLS appearance and 13 appearances for Swope Park Rangers in the USL. Alvarado has also established himself as a regular contributor to the Honduras national team, where he has 27 caps.

Paz, 24, has started 56 of 58 matches for Olimpia over the past two seasons.

In the first leg of the Round of 16 matchup against the Sounders, Alvarado started as a left back and was second on the team with three key passes. He also helped keep the right side of the Sounders’ attack relatively quiet with two tackles, two interceptions and six recoveries. Paz started as the left centerback.

In Sunday’s match, he was replaced by 22-year-old Elvin Casildo, who has made just four starts over the last three seasons with Olimpia.