It’s starting to become considerably difficult not to get too excited about LA Galaxy academy product Efrain Alvarez.
Yes, the 16-year old kid is a still a kid. He might not have the physical tools of an Alfonzo Davies or the steely maturity of a Tyler Adams quite yet, but his quick feet and sublime skill with the ball set him apart from his peers.
It may have been simple enough for a player coveted by the U.S. and Mexican national team programs to post stunning highlights in the USL, but in two substitute appearances the East LA native has showcased his talent in various forms. In the season opener vs. the Chicago Fire Alvarez juked Aleksandar Katai out of his shoes before scooping a delicate chip to Daniel Steres for the tying goal.
I yelled, loudly, in the press box. Can’t say that’s happened...ever really. It was that good.
During stoppage time of yesterday’s defeat to FC Dallas, Galaxy fans witnessed another moment. With Alvarez accepting a nudge of a pass from Ethan Zubak outside the 18 yard box, the attacker had the awareness to nutmeg center back Matt Hedges knowing he’d have enough time and space to crack a shot from close range. Only a sprawling save from Jesse Gonzalez prevented Alvarez from opening his account.
Got 'em— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 9, 2019
16-year-old Efraín Álvarez continues to put on a show for LA Galaxy pic.twitter.com/69gExGoq80
It’s a shame we have to wait a whole week before his next substitute appearance.