United States national team coach Gregg Berhalter is monitoring Efrain Alvarez, the 16-year-old midfielder who had an assist in his LA Galaxy debut last weekend and is eligible to play for both the Americans and Mexico.
Alvarez, who turns 17 on June 19, was born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents. He played for the U.S. under-15 team in 2016, Mexico's under-15 team in 2017 and for Mexico's under-17 team last year. He has not played for the senior team for either nation.
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To start the 2019 MLS season, there are 144 players born in Latin American countries who will take the field across the 24 clubs. Many more were born elsewhere but carry roots from the region. To fully gauge how Latinos impact the league, we've created a weekly award to pick a standout, a couple of honorable mentions and on the other end of the spectrum, even a dud of the week.
Here are the most noteworthy performances from Latinos in MLS for Week 1.
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The LA Galaxy gave highly touted prospect Efrain Alvarez his MLS debut in Saturday's 2-1 season opening win against the Chicago Fire -- and the 16-year-old made an immediate impact.
Eight minutes after coming on against the Fire, Alvarez dribbled into the box, put on an impressive turn to create space away from a defender and lofted a well-weighted cross for Daniel Steres to head home.
The 68th-minute goal brought the Galaxy back to level terms, but Alvarez wasn't done.