Kreis: Alvarez must work even harder at RSL

Newest club acquisition will be tested at forward and midfield

For all that Arturo Alvarez has proven in his eight MLS
seasons, Real Salt Lake say they will be demanding even more from their newly
acquired winger.

“There will certainly be a bit
of a transition because we’re going to ask him to be fitter and work
harder than he has in any other club that he’s played for,” RSL head coach Jason
Kreis told MLSsoccer.com.

RSL landed Alvarez in a trade
with the Portland Timbers following the 2010 Expansion Draft in November,
giving up a 2011 second round SuperDraft selection.

While the left-footed Houston native
operated primarily as a right winger in his time with the San Jose Earthquakes, Kreis
says RSL plan to look at Alvarez in two primary positions, at forward and
in midfield.

“We’re going to be open-minded,”
Kreis said of the Salvadoran international, whose highest goal-scoring output came in 2009, when he scored five times. “You have to give a player with his abilities every chance to
succeed.”

Kreis told The Salt Lake Tribune he had been eyeing
Alvarez since becoming a coach but the price was too high when the club attempted
to make a move for him before the 2008 season.

“He’s a very technical player and he’s the type of player
who likes to combine with others around him," Kreis said. "I think that he can bring
something to the table that we don’t have a lot of, and that’s the ability to
break things down one-on-one.”

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