MLS Player Max Alves Suspended Amid Betting Investigation


Max Alves, a winger for the Colorado Rapids of the MLS, has been suspended due to his alleged connection with illegal sports gambling. 

Colorado, along with the MLS, released statements announcing that a player on the Rapids’ roster had been suspended without naming Alves. ESPN is reporting that Alves is the unnamed player as he was linked in a report from Brazilian outlet O Globo.

The report out of Alves’ home country alleges he is part of an investigation that shows that he was paid $12,000 by an organization to receive a yellow card in a match against the LA Galaxy in September 2022. Alves entered that particular match as a substitute and picked up a yellow card 90 seconds into his appearance. The yellow card in question involved Alves going high with his left foot against the Galaxy.

Text messages that were obtained by O Globo also show that Alves put former Houston Dynamo player Zeca in touch with the organization and that he was supposed to pull off his own match-fixing in October 2022.