Efrain Alvarez, who turns 14 in June, opened the scoring in the U.S. U-15 national team's 2-0 win over Uruguay after his hat trick and two assists in a 5-1 win over Argentine club Club Atletico Talleres during the team's Argentina training camp. Giovanni Reyna, son of U.S. Hall of Famer Claudio Reyna, scored the USA's second goal against Uruguay.
The trip marked first event since the appointment of Dave van den Bergh as head coach of the U.S. U-15 boys (2002s), who also tied, 2-2, with Newell’s Old Boys after goals by Marco Ceja (Central CA Aztecs) and Cade Hagan (LA Galaxy) gave the USA fleeting leads
Alvarez has scored 19 goals in 15 games in the 2015-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season for the Galaxy's U-14 team and two goals in six appearances for its U-16s. He moved from Chivas USA, along with academy coach Brian Kleiban, to the Galaxy after Chivas USA folded.
Efrain Alvarez is the younger brother of Carlos Alvarez, the second overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA out of UConn. Carlos Alvarez played 50 games in his first two MLS seasons with Chivas USA and Colorado. He was USL expansion club San Antonio FC's first signing last January.
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April 8 in Rosario, Argentina
USA 2 Uruguay 0. Goals: Alvarez 29, Reyna 38.
USA -- Las; Stroud (Fuentes, 36), O’Connor, Alejandre, Bello; Goeggel, Maunsell (Busio, 43), Alvarez (Atanda, 64); Reyna (Kelii, 64), Hagan (Ceja, 55), Gaines (Zuniga, 55).
Uruguay -- Mernes; Barreto, Gonzalez (Bartora, 46), Fernandez, Guisolfo; Patron, Gutierrez, Pereyra, Arezo; Disabella (Gonzalez, 40), Pereira.
April 6 in Rosario, Argentina
Newell’s Old Boys 2 USA 2. Goals: Tolles 44, Ramos 70; Ceja 35, Hagan 66.
USA -- Oladapo; Fuentes (Stroud, 68), Alejandre, O’Connor (Atanda, 53), Bello; Goeggel, Busio, Alvarez (Kelii, 41); Imperato (Maunsell, 43), Ceja (Hagan, 43), Reyna.
April 4 in Rosario, Argentina
Talleres 1 USA 5. Goals: Namani 3; Alvarez 29, Bello (Alvarez) 34, Alvarez 35, Hagan (Alvarez) 39, Alvarez 41.
USA -- Las; Stroud, Atanda, Alejandre (O’Connor, 43), Bello; Goeggel (Ceja, 46), Maunsell, Alvarez (Imperato, 43); Gaines (Busio, 46), Hagan, Kelii (Zuniga, 46).
U.S. U-15 boys national team roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Damian Las (Chicago Magic; Norridge, Ill.), Kashope Oladapo (Portland Timbers; Happy Valley, Ore.).
DEFENDERS (8): Axel Alejandre (Chicago Fire North; Chicago, Ill.), Noah Atanda (Bethesda Olney; Olney, Md.), George Bello (Ambush; Douglasville, Ga.), James Crath (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Max Goeggel (Ballistic United; San Francisco, Calif.), Jake O'Connor (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls; Chester, N.J.), Juan Zuniga (Storm; Bluffton, S.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Gianluca Busio (North Carolina Fusion; Greensboro, N.C.), Gilbert Fuentes (Ballistic United; Tracy, Calif.), Cade Hagan (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.), Jack Imperato (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Maunsell (Oakwood; Oxford, Conn.).
FORWARDS (4): Marco Ceja (Central CA Aztecs; Bakersfield, Calif.), Julian Gaines (Lonestar Soccer Club; Austin, Texas), Kanoa Kelii (Maui United; Waianae, Hawaii), Giovanni Reyna (NYCFC; Bedford, N.Y.).
U.S. U-17 boys to face Canada twice
The U.S. U-17 boys national team will play a pair of friendlies against Canada April 15 and 17 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Coach John Hackworth’s roster for the games is comprised of the players attending U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Spring Residency program in Bradenton, Florida.
Last month the U-17s won the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu Tournament with a 3-2 win over host France 3-2
U.S. U-17 boys national team
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Hunter Pinho (PDA; Cranford, N.J.).
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Asensio (Roswell, Ga.; Georgia United), Michael Edwards (Woodbridge, Va.; D.C. United), Tyler Freitas (North Attleboro, Mass; New England Revolution), Jean-Julian Foe Nuphaus (San Jose, Calif.; San Jose Earthquakes), Christopher Gloster (Montclair, N.J.; New York Red Bulls), Benjamin Huynh (Seattle Sounders; Everett, Wash.), Ian Murphy (Redlands, Calif.; FC Golden State), Tyler Shaver (Riverside, Conn.; Beachside Soccer Club), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.).
MIDFIELDERS (11): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Patrick Ajdukiewicz (Sockers FC; Barrington, Ill.), Isaac Angking (Providence, R.I.; New England Revolution), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Ben Lederman (Barcelona, Spain; IMG Academy), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (Fort Wayne, Ind.; IMG Academy).
FORWARDS (8): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Clarkston, Ga.; Georgia United), Niccolo Lemoine (Livermore, Calif.; De Anza Force), Alejandro Pereira (Oveido, Fla.; Orlando City FC), William Sands (Rye, N.Y.; New York Soccer Club), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Tonny Temple (IMG Academy; Millville, Pa.).