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LA Galaxy’s Efrain Alvarez undecided on national team future

‘I could still play for the U.S.’

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Hold the phone.

LA Galaxy youth phenom Efrain Alvarez recently informed he has not finalized a decision on his international future. The 16-year old dual-national is eligible to play for the U.S. and Mexico despite switching sides to join El Tri back in 2016.

“I’m not closing the door on anyone. I could still play for the U.S. or I could keep playing for Mexico. But I’m with Mexico right now and that’s my focus,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez made one youth national team appearance for the United States — the country of his birth — in 2016. He scored in a 2-0 win over Uruguay for the U.S. U15s.

Then, according to Alvarez, “Something happened with the U.S., and then Mexico came knocking on my door, and I tried it and I liked it there.”

The highly rated Alvarez has torn up the USL in 2018, bagging eight goals in as many appearances.