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U.S. boss Gregg Berhalter: Galaxy's Efrain Alvarez will have 'opportunity'

Alejandro Moreno's MLS awards are back for week 1 and big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Michael Bradley didn't disappoint.
Alejandro Moreno explains why Sporting Kansas City are best suited to become the first MLS club to win the CONCACAF Champions League.
Major League Soccer is back and the goalkeepers were at their best throughout the league in week 1.

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.

"We want to create an environment...

MLS Latino of the Week: Darwin Quintero shines for Minnesota United, Efrain Alvarez dazzles in LA

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.

Latino of the Week: Darwin Quintero, FW, Minnesota...

Efrain Alvarez, 16, helps rally LA Galaxy to win in MLS debut

Following his superb debut MLS appearance from the subs bench, Efrain Alvarez was given high praise by his captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Major League Soccer: Daniel Steres (68') LA Galaxy 1-1 Chicago Fire
Major League Soccer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (80') LA Galaxy 2-1 Chicago Fire

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.

- LA Galaxy unveil statue...