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Way-too-early look at MLS in 2020: Beckham's Miami or Nashville to reach playoffs, LAFC to win it all

Well, that was fun. The 2019 Major League Soccer season finished Sunday afternoon with a comprehensive 3-1 Seattle Sounders win over Toronto FC in front of nearly 70,000 fans at CenturyLink Field. Another year gone. Sad face. But also: Happy face, because it's never too early to start thinking about 2020. The transfers! The trades! The youth movement! The coming collective bargaining chaos!

Here are 10 things that definitely, 100%, bet-your-condo-on-them will happen next year.

Miami or Nashville...

Efrain Alvarez, LA Galaxy breakout star, is Zlatan's 'cub' and faces a U.S. or Mexico decision

LOS ANGELES -- The LA Galaxy's 17-year-old forward, Efrain Alvarez, made his way out of Dignity Health Sports Park long after Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mexico national team midfielder Jonathan dos Santos and chart-topping pop star Becky G, who's dating LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget, were long gone.

Alvarez showered and changed following the Galaxy's 2-1 loss to Cruz Azul in Leagues Cup action on Aug. 20 before making the 30-minute drive back to his East Los Angeles home,...

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Galaxy teenager Alvarez 'dominating training' - Ibra

Following his superb debut MLS appearance from the subs bench, Efrain Alvarez was given high praise by his captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said Mexico youth international Efrain Alvarez is "dominating training" at the club and said his advice to lose weight at the end of the season might be one of the reason.

The Sweden legend made headlines last weekend when he heaped praise on the 17-year-old and Ibrahimovic doubled down on the statement on Wednesday, two days out from the Galaxy's California Clasico rematch against San Jose Earthquakes after losing to their rivals on June 29.

"[Alvarez] just...

Ibrahimovic wants more games for teen Alvarez

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took over in the second half, scoring twice in LA Galaxy's 2-0 win over Toronto FC at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has called on LA Galaxy to give more game time to Efrain Alvarez after the 17-year-old impressed on his first MLS start.

Alvarez set up the first of Ibrahimovic's two goals in the 2-0 win against Toronto as Galaxy snapped a three-match losing streak and the former Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus forward said his teenage teammate is ready to play regularly.

"I said he is the biggest talent in this league and he's ready to play," Ibrahimovic said postmatch.

"He's only...

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.
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...