If you’re a Mexico fan and haven’t heard of Efrain Alvarez, it’s time to start paying attention to the name. At only 15 years old, Efrain has gained massive attention with LA Galaxy II thanks to his blistering form. It’s not often you’ll see a 15-year-old on a USL roster, let alone playing above and beyond the competitors.
His hype slowly began earlier this year when he featured in the Generation adidas Cup with the LA Galaxy youth squad. From there, he has exploded onto the scene with LA Galaxy II in the USL.
He's only 15, but Efrain Alvarez is the biggest rising soccer star in the US right now. pic.twitter.com/Z18Y1RECNo
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 24, 2018
As of now, the midfielder has 6 goals in six matches with LA Galaxy II (let that sink in). Many players come through the ranks in the USL to finally see MLS action, yet, Efrain has been showcasing a freakish talent level at his young age. He shows no sign of slowing down which means his opportunity to earn an MLS call-up this season may not be farfetched.
Alvarez will be taking a break from USL action for a few weeks to join Mexico’s U17 group which will be heading to the Netherlands for a tournament. It will be no surprise to see Efrain leading that group, and many believe he had more than enough experience to join the current Mexican team at the Toulon tournament roster. However, small steps are fine with a player like Alvarez at this moment, in terms of the national team. Representing Mexico in an international tournament will be great exposure for the young midfielder.
Efrain Alvarez has been called up to Mexico's U-17 squad from May 22 to June 11 for a training camp in Mexico and then participate in the Varsseveld International Tournament in the Netherlands.
— Adam Serrano (@AdamSerrano) May 22, 2018
When Efrain returns from national team duty, expect his phenom status to continue to rise, as he looks to help LA Galaxy II fight for a better position in the USL standings to land a playoff spot. One thing is for certain, and that is LA Galaxy II will definitely miss him while he is away but will be more than happy when he returns.