Alvarez shines in Hungary and for El Salvador

El Salvador's Arturo Alvarez (blue jersey) in CONCACAF Gold Cup action against Canada on July 8, 2015, in Carson, California. (Photo: Mexsport)

HOUSTON, Texas – El Salvador midfielder Arturo Alvarez is still brimming with confidence following a successful season in Hungary in which he helped Videoton win the league and finish as runner-up in the cup.

The 30-year-old proved a key player for the club as it captured a second-ever domestic title and qualified for the UEFA Champions League.

“Actually it was a great season for us," Alvarez said. "We were really consistent throughout the whole year and on a personal level it was a good year and I was happy with it.”

He spent most of his early career in Major League Soccer, playing for San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas before eventually joining Videoton in 2013.

Alvarez has been enjoying life in the central European nation, but was excited to pull on the Salvadoran jersey once again.

“I was a very important player for them (Videoton)," remarked Alvarez, the only player on El Salvador’s current roster to have scored in a Gold Cup. "I was in and out of the line-up but every time I was on the pitch I was pretty consistent throughout the whole year which for a soccer player is important.

“Obviously it is always good to win the league and play some finals and I always look forward to playing with my national team especially in tournaments like these.”

El Salvador, which opened its Group B campaign with a scoreless draw against Canada on Wednesday, faces Costa Rica in its second match at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday.

As an experienced player, Alvarez has a key role to play for the Cuscatlecos.

“Every time I come to play for El Salvador I try to help out," he finished. "We have a really young team so I think I am one of the most experienced guys in the team, so I try to help everyone as much as possible on and off the pitch.

“We’re a young team and in a tough group, but I think if we play well and do the things that the coaching staff wants us to do, I think we can go pretty far in this tournament.”