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LAFC decline contract option on Carlos Alvarez

Team’s first signing is apparently moving on.

Courtesy of Orange County SC.

A roster move for Los Angeles Football Club quietly emerged on Thursday, as midfielder Carlos Alvarez was listed on the Re-Entry Draft list, meaning his contract option with LAFC for 2018 was not exercised and making him available to all 23 MLS teams as a result.

Alvarez was LAFC’s first ever professional signing, on March 23, 2017. The East LA native was loaned to LAFC’s USL affiliate Orange County SC for the season. While the player, who previously played in MLS for Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids, was on an MLS contract this year, he was effectively on a season-long trial, and apparently LAFC decided he would not be in their plans for their first season. It may seem harsh, but it’s the nature of the business, and on the bright side for Alvarez he has carved out a pretty good niche as a USL-level midfielder.

The Re-Entry Draft will take place in two phases, beginning on Friday at 12 pm PT. LAFC have the 23rd pick, and may or may not take players. We’ll let you know if there are any roster developments from the Re-Entry Draft or anything else for the team in the coming days.

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