Yordany Gio Alvarez Retires from Professional Soccer
Lions’ Second-Ever MLS Signee to be Recognized at September 6th Home Match
Orlando City Soccer Club today announced that upon medical recommendation, Yordany Alvarez has retired from professional soccer effective immediately.
During the Lions’ home match on June 7th, Alvarez suffered from an undisclosed medical condition while on the field. Over the following weeks and months, Alvarez underwent a series of tests locally at Orlando Health, the results of which were supported by other top-notch medical facilities across the country.
“I have known Gio for over six years and he is a great human being. He has been an instrumental part of our success here in Orlando,” continued Rawlins. “We will greatly miss his contributions on and off the field. We all wish our wonderful friend the very best in his future.”
Alvarez will not be leaving the Lion’s organization, as he will working in the Orlando City Youth Academy, helping in the development of our young players.
Alvarez’s story is a humbling one, personifying the American Dream. Five years ago, the 29-year-old midfielder was among three players who snuck out of the back door of a Florida hotel - defecting from their native Cuba in the middle of an international tournament. After making it across the country on just $500, the midfielder met Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath at a player tryout session upon which he was immediately signed by the Club.
In recognition of his success on the field and contributions to the organization, Alvarez will be recognized in a special ceremony during Orlando City’s last home game on September 6th at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Additional details of the match will be forthcoming.
Fans are encouraged to send well wishes to Gio via Twitter at @AlvarezYordany.