Former Real Salt Lake midfielder Yordany Alvarez has been forced into retirement at the age of 29 due to an undisclosed medical condition.
Alvarez, who defected from Cuba in 2008, played for the Auztin Atzex and after the franchise moved to Florida, Orlando City. A loan to Real Salt Lake in 2011 resulted in a permanent move, and Alvarez made 33 appearances for the Claret-and-Cobalt before a loan move back to Orlando in 2014. After Orlando was awarded a 2015 Major League Soccer expansion franchise, it traded its 4th round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft to Salt Lake for Alvarez.
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But due to a medical condition, Alvarez won't get his second shot at the top flight. After suffering from his condition during a June 7 match against the Dayton Dutch Lions, medical testing and advice led Alvarez to end his professional career.
"We are deeply saddened by this news," said Orlando City president and founder Phil Rawlins in a statement released by the club. "But Yordany’s long-term health and well-being must be at the forefront of any decision regarding his future.
"To that end, 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.