Pablo Mastroeni is apparently okay with the Rapids' current defensive midfield situation. Despite Jose Mari going to the injury list for about a month, the Rapids traded Nathan Sturgis to Chivas USA for Carlos Alvarez on Tuesday afternoon after several hours of speculation about a trade first reported by Chris Bianchi.
Alvarez is a young talent best known for being the guy that Chelis 'called his shot' for going into the 2013 draft. The second overall pick that year, Alvarez scored two goals and put up three assists for the Goats.
"Carlos is a dynamic, attacking player who gives our roster further depth and balance," said Paul Bravo, the Rapids VP of Soccer Operations. "He has a bright future and we’re excited to add him to our group. We would also like to thank Nathan for his professionalism and contributions over the last two seasons, and wish him the best with Chivas."
Sturgis fell out of favor incredibly quickly after Pablo Mastroeni took over despite having a very good 2013 season under Oscar Pareja. With him out and Jose Mari injured, that leaves Nick Labrocca and Jared Watts as the main men in the defensive midfield spots for the Rapids going into July.