Houston Dynamo acquire midfielder Arturo Álvarez from Chicago Fire


The Houston Dynamo have acquired midfielder Arturo Álvarezin a trade with Chicago Fire FC, the club announced today. Houston traded its natural second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft to the Fire.

A Houston native, Álvarez joins his hometown club after 12 seasons in Major League Soccer, the last two of which were with Chicago. Álvarez has played in 237 career games with 146 starts in regular-season play, scoring 32 goals and registering 30 assists.

“We are pleased to add Arturo Álvarez to our roster as we prepare for the 2018 season,” said Dynamo Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “His quality on the field along with his professional approach to the game will make him a good addition to our group.”

Álvarez has represented El Salvador at the senior international level 43 times and has scored four goals. He has represented the country of his parents’ birth in the 2011 and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cups, the 2014 Copa Centroamericana and FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches. One of his four international goals came at BBVA Compass Stadium when he netted the second goal in a 2-0 win by Los Cuscatlecos over Belize in the 2014 Copa Centroamericana.

This season, Álvarez appeared in 25 games with 13 starts, scoring three goals and notching two assists for a Fire club that rebounded from a last-place finish in 2016 to 55 points and third place in the Eastern Conference.

With the addition of Álvarez, the Dynamo now have 15 players currently under contract.


No. PlayerPos.MLS Exp.AgeHt.Wt.FIFA Nationality
3Adolfo MachadoDF1316-0160Panama
4Philippe SenderosDF1326-2181Switzerland
16Kevin GarciaDF1266-0185USA
21George MalkiDF1245-10160USA
No. PlayerPos.MLS Exp.AgeHt.Wt.FIFA Nationality
Arturo ÁlvarezMF12325-9170El Salvador
5Juan David CabezasMF1256-0175Colombia
18Memo RodriguezMF1215-8145USA
25Tomás MartínezMF1225-9145Argentina
28Charlie WardMF1225-8168England
No. PlayerPos.MLS Exp.AgeHt.Wt.FIFA Nationality
9Erick TorresFW5245-11168Mexico
11Andrew WengerMF6266-0185USA
12Romell QuiotoFW1255-11170Honduras
17Alberth ElisFW1206-0165Honduras
19Mauro ManotasFW3226-0155Colombia

On loan from another club.

TRANSACTION: Houston Dynamo acquire MF Arturo Álvarez from the Chicago Fire in a trade for a 2019 natural second-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft.