Youth: Efrain Alvarez scores for Mexico in win over U.S. U-17s

Efrain Alvarez, the Californian who plays for the L.A. Galaxy's USL and academy teams, scored for Mexico's U-17s in a 2-1 win over the USA in Costa Rica.

The game was the USA's fourth of a Aug. 2-13 trip to Costa Rica. It also marked the farewell of Coach John Hackworth, who is leaving U.S. Soccer for the USL's Louisville City.

The USA opened with a 1-0 win over Mexico on a goal by Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, who plays for the Sounders FC 2 in the USL and was part of the Sounders' academy team that won the 2018 Development Academy U-16/17 championship, scored the winning goal.

Tyler Freeman (Sporting Kansas City academy) and David Arce (Morelia Fuerzas Basicas) scored for the USA in a 2-2 tie with Costa Rica.

Californian Diego Lopez, signed by Atlanta United to a USL pro contract earlier this year, scored twice in the USA's 2-1 comeback win over host Costa Rica in in the third game.

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The California-born Alvarez, who turned 16 on June 19, switched national teams in 2016, moving from the USA's U-15s to Mexico's U-15s. He signed with LA Galaxy II of the USL in 2017, and signed an MLS Homegrown contract with the Galaxy last March. This year, while doing double-duty with the Galaxy's Development Academy team, he has scored eight USL goals in eight appearances.

1 comment about "Youth: Efrain Alvarez scores for Mexico in win over U.S. U-17s".
  1. Ric Fonseca, August 14, 2018 at 4:29 p.m.

    Well, yet another one "bites the dust..." and has gotten away from the likes of US Soccer U-Whatever age bracket teams.  Buena Suerte Efrain Alvarez and and Diego Lopez!!!

    P.S.  With apologies to songs of the past, I believe the Kingston Trio, "...when will we ver learn, when, will we ever learn, when - will- we - ever - learn...!!!

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