Last weekend, NASL’s San Francisco Deltas and USL’s Reno 1868 FC faced each other in a preseason friendly, a milestone for both teams as they prepare for their inaugural season in their respective leagues. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, with both clubs celebrating their respective goals as the first in team history, despite it just being a closed-door preseason friendly.
More importantly for us Republic fans, however, is the fact that the game provided us with the first news of former Republic midfielder Max Alvarez since the end of the 2016 season.
Deltas start preseason with 1-1 draw vs @reno1868fc. Max Alvarez (2nd from right) scores 1st goal in #sfdeltas history pic.twitter.com/nmVw8QES7p— San Francisco Deltas (@sfdeltas) February 12, 2017
Alvarez, a Republic original and veteran of the 2014 USL Championship team, made a late impact for the Deltas, providing an equalizer to snatch a result from the jaws of defeat. Unfortunately, since it was a closed-door friendly, there is no publicly available video footage of Alvarez’s goal.
Don’t go rushing off to add an Alvarez Deltas jersey to your collection just yet, though, as he is just a trialist and came on as a substitute.
90': GOAL! #sfdeltas trialist Max Alvarez comes through with the equalizer and the game ends 1-1 against @reno1868fc!— San Francisco Deltas (@sfdeltas) February 12, 2017
#sfdeltas Starting XI (4-3-3)— San Francisco Deltas (@sfdeltas) February 11, 2017
During his three seasons with the Republic, Alvarez appeared in 50 USL matches and started 28. In that time he recorded 9 assists and 2 goals in league play. The 2014 season was without a doubt Alvarez’s best with the Republic, as it accounts for 44% of his appearances, 64% of his starts, 78% of his assists, and 100% of his goals in league play.
Alvarez also holds a few interesting Republic records, all set in the 2014 season:
- Most assists in a single match by an individual, set August 17, 2014 against the Orange County Blues.
- Most assists by an individual in a single half, set August 17, 2014 against the Orange County Blues.
- Most fouls committed by a single player in a single match, set March 29, 2014 against LA Galaxy II.
Fun fact, that August 17 match was a 6-1 Republic win. Here are the highlights in case you’re in need of a pick-me-up.
Despite him not having landed a contract anywhere yet, Republic fans will definitely be pleased to get some news about Alvarez. We will continue to keep an eye out for news about Alvarez and his search for a new team. Hopefully his goal will help him towards signing with the Deltas.
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