Arturo Alvarez, former selector
Former El Salvadoran national team player Arturo Alvarez confesses his regrets on YouTube channel “Azul Podcast” He is 15 years old and has not signed a contract with French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.However, I decided to stay in America because I wanted to finish school.
“I always want to get to the top. The only regret I have in my career is that when I was 15 I had the opportunity to sign with Bordeaux in France and I went on trial and it went really well. They They wanted me to stay. I didn’t stay because I wanted to finish high school at the time, but I came back and signed with MLS two weeks later,” Alvarez said.
The former Salvadoran player was hired by Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes in 2003 and went on to play for teams in the same league, including Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas. At the age of 26, he appeared on the European soccer stage for the first time along with Portugal’s Pacos Ferreira. Alvarez also regrets wishing he had played on the “Old Continent” when he was younger.
“I came to Portugal when I was 26 years old and I wanted to come to Europe when I was younger because in Portugal that year I learned a lot about the tactics of the game with the coach and became a better player. “The players are making decisions, on the field,” Alvarez said.
Arturo also confessed that he would have liked to play in a team that competes in the UEFA Champions League. At the time he was able to sign and play in Europe, French teams were playing in the Champions League and UEFA Cup, as were six-time French champions Bordeaux.
“Honestly, in MLS, we had a chance to become champions with San Jose. We had a great team. Landon Donovan, Dwight De Rosario, Brian Chin, these guys were on the national team. 17 I learned a lot from them at my age.”Of course I wanted to go to a Champions League team, but that didn’t happen,” Alvarez said.
“My time in Portugal was incredible. I didn’t know anything about Hungary, all I knew was that they had beaten El Salvador in the World Cup. But when I arrived they treated me well. We had players from Portugal, we were champions in 2014-2015, I was able to play professionally, I realized my dream, I was a member of the team Becoming a champion and representing El Salvador internationally, that was what I wanted at a young age, it was incredible. ” he added.