Yordany Alvarez, former Real Salt Lake midfielder and now-former Orlando City SC midfielder, has abruptly retired from the game for medical reasons, according to a press release from Orlando.
Alvarez reportedly suffered a concussion on June 7 and hadn't played since, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The press release called the condition "undisclosed."
It's a huge blow for the player, who had been a steady backup for Kyle Beckerman during his two-and-a-half seasons in Utah. He'd played at Orlando City before joining MLS, and he'd re-joined the team ahead of their entrance into MLS next year.
"While I'm deeply disappointed that I cannot return to the sport I love, I must consider my health in this decision as I look to explore the next chapter in my life," Alvarez said in the press release. "I'm grateful to my teammates, friends and fans for their support during this ordeal - it has helped me more than words can express."
Alvarez had been on loan at Orlando City from Real Salt Lake this year in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
While some might remember the player for his hard-tackling style, we're going to be playing this goal over and over today.