Honduras’ Alvarado joins Sporting KC from Olimpia

Ever Alvarado (white jersey) joined Sporting Kansas City on June 24, 2016, after winning a pair of Honduran titles with Olimpia. (Photo: Jane Gershovich)

KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Sporting Kansas City announced Friday the signing of Honduras international Ever Alvarado. The deal will be made official when the Secondary Transfer Window opens on July 4.

Alvarado, a defender, has earned six caps for Honduras, including one in a World Cup qualifier at Canada on November 13, 2015. His only goal for the Catrachos came in a 3-1 win against host Nicaragua on January 28, 2016.

“Ever is a player we have been looking at for a while. He has a very good understanding of our region of the world being that he has played his entire career in CONCACAF,” said Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes. “Players from Honduras have always adapted well to MLS and we think he will not only help us in League play, but with other competitions we have coming up.” 

The 24-year-old Alvarado has spent the last two years with Honduras’ Olimpia, scoring six goals in 67 appearances and winning two titles (2015 Clausura, 2016 Clausura). He also played in two editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) as a member of the Leones, competing in 2014/15 (3 games, 0 goals) and 2015/16 (3 games, 0 goals).

Prior to joining Olimpia, Alvarado enjoyed a four-year stint with Real España, where he won the 2013 Honduran Apertura championship and made his SCCL debut.

“I am very excited to be given the opportunity to play for Sporting KC,” Alvarado said. “It is a great club with a great history. I’m going to work hard and do everything I can to help the team be successful.”

At the age-group level with Honduras, Alvarado played in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup (3 games, 0 goals), the 2011 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (3 games, 1 goal) and the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament (5 games, 0 goals).

Olimpia will become the first club to compete in all nine SCCLs later this summer, when it meets Pachuca and Police United in Group E play.