What They're Saying: Dennis te Kloese

“I worked a long time in Mexico. At that point my role and my responsibility was to form the best Mexican national teams possible. And at some point, I thought Efra was, or is, in his age group one of the best talents. My role at this point is to take care of all the best interests and responsibilities that I have toward this club. And Efra is a very good player for the club. What he does regarding his national team duties is his family and everybody’s decision on that end.”

-- LA Galaxy general manager Dennis de Kloese, the former director of the Mexican national team program, on 16-year-old Efrain Alvarez, who came close to scoring a spectacular goal in his second game -- a 2-0 loss at FC Dallas -- after shining in his MLS debut a week earlier. Te Kloese, who was instrumental in getting Jonathan Gonzalez to switch from playing for the USA to playing for Mexico, plans to be on the sidelines for the drama surrounding Alvarez's decision of whether to play for the USA or Mexico. (LA Times)
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