Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Orlando City SC have landed their second player in preparation for their 2015 MLS debut after completing a deal with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday to acquire midfielder Yordany Alvarez.
Alvarez, 28, played for Orlando City in 2011 and helped lead the Lions to their first USL Pro title while also claiming the league MVP award.
In exchange for Alvarez, Orlando City gave up a fourth round selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Alvarez will be on loan from RSL in 2014, playing for Orlando City in the final USL Pro campaign.
"We're obviously delighted to have Yordany back," Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath said. "We have an MLS-caliber player returning to us. I'm really excited to have him with us again and looking forward to the future with him on the squad."
He has appeared in 38 career regular-season games for RSL and two in the postseason, including one in the first leg of the team's Western Conference semifinals series against the Los Angeles Galaxy last November.
Alvarez joins Kevin Molino as the club's first MLS acquisitions for the 2015 season.
"I'm excited to be back in Orlando," Alvarez said. "Orlando City has a special place in my heart for giving me a chance."