Alvarez named All-League

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Timbers rookie forward Byron Alvarez was recognized as one of the top offensive producers in the league Thursday with his naming to the A-League 2003 All-League Second Team.

Alvarez' quick feet and-high energy brand of play resulted in a team-leading 12 goals in just 21 games played this season. Alvarez also finished eighth in the league in scoring with 25 points and fourth overall in goals scored.

A five-time member of the league's Team of the Week in 2003, Alvarez was named the A-League Player of the Week for Week 12. The nod came in response to a hat trick performance July 3 vs. Vancouver, in which Alvarez scored three goals in a 20-minute span off the bench.

The only Timber to be named All-League in 2003, Alvarez continues the tradition of strong forward play in Portland, as strikers McKinley Tennyson and Fadi Afash garnered All-League status in 2002.

The 2003 All-League Teams include 22 players from 11 of the 19 teams and are voted on by the clubs' coaches and general managers.

Alvarez is one of two rookies selected All-League, along with midfielder David Testo of the Richmond Kickers.

A-League 2003 All-League Teams

First Team

G - Greg Sutton - Montreal Impact
D - Gabe Gervais - Montreal Impact
D - Danny Jackson - Seattle Sounders
D - John Wilson - Charleston Battery
M - Roland Aguilera - Virginia Beach Mariners
M - Marco Ferruzzi - Minnesota Thunder
M - Andrew Gregor - Seattle Sounders
M - Ricardo Villar - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
F - Thiago Martins - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
F - Doug Miller - Rochester Raging Rhinos
F - Dante Washington - Virginia Beach Mariners

Second Team

G - Rich Cullen - Seattle Sounders
D - Scott Schweitzer - Rochester Raging Rhinos
D - Steve Shak - Minnesota Thunder
D - Alan Woods - Atlanta Silverbacks
M - Ted Chronopoulos - Charleston Battery
M - Oliver Heald - Vancouver Whitecaps
M - Ze Roberto - Montreal Impact
M - David Testo - Richmond Kickers
F - Byron Alvarez - Portland Timbers
F - Greg Howes - Milwaukee Wave United
F - Kevin Jeffrey - Richmond Kickers