Leonel Alvarez, one of the original stars of MLS dating back to its inaugural season, had a sensational debut season as a head coach, leading Independiente Medellin to Colombia's Torneo Clausura title with a 3-2 win on aggregate over Atletico Huila in the final. Alvarez, who spent five seasons in MLS with the Dallas Burn and New England Revolution, is one of the most respected players in Colombian history, having been capped 102 times.
After spending time studying at Barcelona and working under various coaches, he took over DIM in 2009 and led it to its fifth title. Alvarez's secret to success: "Work, work, work." His strong personality and discipline make him an ideal candidate for the Colombian national team head coaching job.