Orlando City SC has looked at certain players to fill their roster before their MLS debut in 2015, and midfielder Yordany Alvarez, who has just retired at age 29 due to a medical condition, was one of those footballers–a standard MLS-caliber player that would hope to make an solid impact next year.
“We are deeply saddened by this news,” said Orlando City president and founder Phil Rawlins in a team statement. “But Yordany’s long-term health and well-being must be at the forefront of any decision regarding his future.”
Alvarez played for Auztin Atzex from 2009 to 2010, making 40 appearances and notching five goals. When the team moved to Orlando, he began his stint there, numbering 21 caps and two goals. He was loaned to Real Salt Lake in 2011 and then sealed a permanent deal for two years prior to coming back to Orlando City on loan this season. He was traded for a 4th round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Alvarez underwent medical tests and sought advice from those around him.
“Both the club and the entire Orlando Health medical staff were very prudent throughout this process in making sure he underwent extensive examinations to determine the possible causes of his condition and to find the best treatment so he can continue to live a full life,” Rawlins said.