Mexico call up 19-year-old Álvarez for Nigeria

LA Galaxy midfielder Efraín Álvarez will join Mexico’s national team for their friendly against Nigeria next month after he agreed to play for El Tri.

The 19-year-old has officially committed to the Mexican national team, according to coach Tata Martino.

The Mexican national team arrived in Los Angeles, California last week and they are practising at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.

Álvarez is showing a lot of progress in his third season in Major League Soccer. The 19-year-old scored the winning goal for the LA Galaxy against Vancouver Whitecaps last Wednesday in week nine of the regular season.

Efraín Álvarez is Mexican-American and since he had dual citizenship the United States men’s national team and Mexico were openly fighting for the 19-year-old. The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has always been more inclined to play for the Mexican national team and in March he declined to join the United States Olympic team to play during the FIFA international break with ‘El Tri.’

Nigeria and Mexico will clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, California) on 4th July.

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