Meet 15-Year Old LA Galaxy Sensation Efrain Alvarez Who Had Eric Cantona In Awe
The United States football production line in recent years has been a hit and miss, as for every Christian Pulisic there's a Freddy Adu.
But one kid you should definitely be keeping tabs on at present is 15-year old sensation Efrain Alvarez, viewed as the next big thing stateside.
Used to playing with players much older than him from a young age, he had the legendary Eric Cantona gawking when the Frenchman, director of football at New York Cosmos at the time, watched him in action as an Under 9's player in training.
As per an in-depth profile on the official LA Galaxy website, the Manchester United icon said, "I've seen enough; I just want to watch this kid all day," - such was the impression Alvarez made on him.
Having come through the ranks at Galaxy, signing his professional contract in August 2017, Alvarez has already progressed from youth football to destroying grown men on a weekly basis, excelling for the club's second team in the USL, the league below the MLS.
I have officially signed my first professional contract!!! Happy to be part of this great organization like it's the @LAGalaxy @LAGalaxyII pic.twitter.com/YtQ53CfAhi
- Efrain Alvarez (@efrain_alvarez1) August 3, 2017
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After several games without featuring, the youngster has exploded into life in recent weeks and notched six goals in his last three games, including a brilliant brace against Portland Timbers 2 and a hat-trick against St. Louis FC - becoming the youngest player to score three in the USL in the process.
One of his strikes was a sumptuous solo goal that saw him send two players to the shops with his low sense of gravity and blistering quick feet - before supplying a composed finish into the far corner with his left peg.
Alvarez has a wand of a left foot but is anything but a one-trick pony, as he proved by scoring belters with either foot against Timbers. A right-footed volley from the edge of the area? No problem. A curling strike with his left after cutting it? Easy peasy.
:scream::scream::scream: EFRAIN ALVAREZ. STOP IT. pic.twitter.com/vRoF6JSdBk
- LA Galaxy II (@LAGalaxyII) May 18, 2018
:star: For the second week in a row, 15-year-old Efrain Alvarez earns @USL Team of the Week honors → https://t.co/ac5EFLXVy6 pic.twitter.com/4nTAwF2qLM
- LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) May 23, 2018
In line for a first-team debut in the near future after taking part in pre-season training and being promoted to the squad, the East LA lad has elected to play for Mexico at national team level because of his Hispanic heritage.
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