José Arturo Alvarez Hernandez ( born June 28, 1985 in Houston, Texas) is an American football player with Salvadoran descent who currently plays for FC Paços de Ferreira. He is also since 2009, A-National player of El Salvador after he was previously in various U.S. selections to use.
Alvarez did not play college soccer, got his chance but by the project Generation Adidas, which was sponsored at that time by the sports brand Nike and went under the name Project 40. In MLS SuperDraft 2003 he was selected as the thirteenth pick of the San Jose Earthquakes. On June 14, 2003 against FC Dallas, he scored his first goal, but he received from his coach Frank Yallop only a short-term use. After 26 missions and two goals, he moved in 2005, together with his team mate Richard Mulrooney to the club against whom he had shot his first MLS goal for FC Dallas. As exchange got the Quakes Brad Davis.
In the MLS Cup Playoffs 2007, he was expelled in the semi-final against the Houston Dynamo in the 47th minute due to lack of sportsmanship with a red card of the place, after he had kicked his opponent Brad Davis in the groin. Dallas won the first leg 1-0, lay back in the return match with 1:2 and lost in extra 1:4. In November 2007 he had a one-week trial with French top club Girondins Bordeaux, who afterwards but did not receive him into the first team. After 86 games and eleven goals at FC Dallas, he joined in July 2008 back to the San Jose Earthquakes. In his first game for the Earthquakes, a 3-2 home win over Los Angeles Galaxy, he also scored the same score.
On November 24, he was selected in the tenth round of the MLS Expansion Drafts of the Portland Timbers, but switched in the second round of the MLS Super Drafts to Real Salt Lake. After sixteen league games, the Treaty of Alvarez was not renewed and therefore he was on December 5, the " MLS Re - Entry Draft 2011" drafted by CD Chivas USA. But his contract was already dissolved on 30 January 2012 and he was given a two- year contract with the Portuguese club FC Paços de Ferreira. On March 18, he scored against Académica de Coimbra his first league goal for his new club. In February 2013 he was loaned to the end of the season at the Hungarian club Videoton FC.
Alvarez went through the U-17, U-18, U-20 and U-23 national teams of the United States. However, he was never nominated for an 'A' game. Since he is Salvadoran descent, coach Carlos de los Cobos nominated him for his squad. On 12 August 2009 he was in the World Cup Qualifiers 2010 his debut against Trinidad and Tobago, when he came on in the 46th minute for Osael Romero. This game ended in a 0-1 defeat. On September 5, he played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah against his home country, the USA. El Salvador lost with 1:2. Just four days later, he played his first home game in a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica. Previously, he played 21 international matches for El Salvador.