Efrain Alvarez, 16, named USL's Young Player of the Year

Efrain Alvarez, 16, was named the 2018 USL Young Player of the Year after setting multiple league scoring records for the LA Galaxy II.

Awards: 2018 USL
Defender of the Year: Forrest Lasso, FC Cincinnati
Goalkeeper of the Year: Maxime Crepeau, Ottawa Fury
Coach of the Year: Alan Koch, FC Cincinnati
Young Player of the Year: Efrain Alvarez, LA Galaxy II
Most Valuable Player: Announced Nov. 14.

Alvarez, whom the Galaxy has signed to an MLS contract, is considered the top young prospect under contract to an MLS club. He scored 12 goals at a rate of a goal every 103.25 minutes, the second best in the USL behind Louisville City's Cameron Lancaster among players with 10 or more goals.

He became the youngest USL player to score a hat trick with three goals against Saint Louis FC on May 9, and then repeated the feat four months later against the Real Monarchs.
“I am honored to be named USL’s Young Player of the Year,” said Alvarez. “I am very grateful for the coaches and teammates that have helped me get to this point in my career. I’m looking forward to an even better season next year.”

Alvarez, who plays for Mexico's U-17 national team after switching from the USA's U-15s, beat out Hassan Ndam of the New York Red Bulls II, ATL UTD 2’s Andrew Carleton and the Swope Park Rangers’ Wan Kuzain. All three are also signed to MLS contracts.

3 comments about "Efrain Alvarez, 16, named USL's Young Player of the Year".
  1. beautiful game, November 14, 2018 at 10:55 a.m.

    "Alvarez, who plays for Mexico's U-17 national team after switching from the USA's U-15s...," What made him switch?

  2. humble 1, November 14, 2018 at 1:16 p.m.

    "Efrain Alvarez chose Mexico after U.S. dropped him, LA Galaxy coach says"


    This is so telling for the times in both soccer and national politics.


  3. Right Winger replied, November 15, 2018 at 3:32 p.m.

    The fact is that US Soccer via the coaches they have coaching these younger national teams treat the players with very little respect.  Unless you happen to be an offspring of previous national team blood lines.  They toy with these kids and I guess its okay with US Soccer.

    I have seen this youngster play not only at U!6 National Team level and in the USL.  He could play anywhere.  We have many more out there like him.  Some have been recognized and have become part of the program and there are some that have been recognized but refuse to mess with US Soccer.  We have many youngsters carrying duel passports playing out of the country  and chose to stay where they are at because of this reason.  Until US Soccer gets their act together you will se stuff like this happen.

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