|Courtesy of Orlando City SC|
By Mike Gramajo
After helping the Lions win their first USL Pro championship in 2011, Yordany Alvarez is coming back to the place that gave him a chance.
Orlando City SC announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement with Real Salt Lake, which will see the Alvarez join the Lions on-loan for the 2014 USL Pro season, before officially joining Orlando’s 2015 MLS squad.
“We’re obviously delighted to have Yordany back,” Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath said in a statement. “We have an MLS-calibre player returning to us. I’m really excited to have him with us again and looking forward to the future with him on the squad.”
The terms of the contract were not released.
The arrival of Alvarez means that Orlando will trade their fourth round MLS SuperDraft pick in 2017.
Alvarez joins fellow teammate Kevin Molino, as the first two MLS signings in the club’s history.
The 28-year-old Cuban midfielder last played for the Purple Kits in 2011, in which he was named 2011 USL Pro Most Valuable Player. He ended up joining Real Salt Lake the season that followed in where he appeared 38 times in league play, scoring only once.