, who turned 14 in June, is considered one of the top prospects in the U.S. youth ranks, having scored four goals for the U.S. U-15 national team on its trip to Argentina in
April, but the LA Galaxy academy midfielder is in Mexico City, where he is participating in a Mexican U-15 national team training camp at the Mexican federation's Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Mexico
Alvarez played for the Galaxy's U-16 team in the 2016 Development Academy playoffs, where it lost to FC Dallas in the final. Mexican scouts reportedly spotted him playing for the
Galaxy in the Fuerzas Basicas tournament organized by the Mexican federation for Liga MX and MLS teams in August.
Mexican and U.S. youth national team have engaged in a tug of war for top
Mexican-American players in recent years. Edwin Lara
and Abraham Romero
, left U.S. U-17 Residency and represented Mexico in the 2015 Under-17 World Cup. They are both at Pachuca in
Mexico. Brandon Vazquez
, who plays for Tijuana, took the reverse route and played for the USA in the 2015 Under-17 World Cup. Sebastian Saucedo
, who plays for Veracruz in
Liga MX on loan from Real Salt Lake, has gone back and forth and could join the U.S. U-20s for qualifying next year.
A player isn't tied to a youth national team until he plays in an
official match (qualifying or world championship). A player can switch from the youth to the senior levels with FIFA's approval.