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“Efraín Álvarez is very committed to the Mexican national team” - Gerardo Martino

The manager of Mexico’s men’s national team said that he has a good relationship with the Los Angeles Galaxy player and that he is committed to the project.

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“Efraín Álvarez is very committed to the Mexican national team” - Gerardo Martino

Efraín Álvarez is one of the latest players that have dual citizenship and have a hard time to choosing between representing the United States or Mexico in international competition. The LA Galaxy player was included in both rosters for the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament, but he decided not to participate as he was still undecided about his decision.

Committed to Mexico

After Efraín’s decision not to participate in that tournament with the US, youth national team coach Jason Kreis said that they wouldn’t pressure the player. But the Los Angeles Galaxy star had been in constant communication with the coach of the Mexican national football team Gerardo Martino about his decision. 

“I have a good relationship with Efraín Álvarez and we have good conversations. He is very committed to our project. He is a very talented player and I am very happy to have him in the roster for the FIFA International break later this month. It will be a good time to get to know him more and see him with the rest of the guys,” Martino said during an interview with Pasion W.

The Mexico men’s national football team is set to play for the first time this year. The first exhibition match will be against Wales at the Cardiff City stadium on 27 March and the second one will be against Costa Rica three days later in the Stadion Wiener Neustadt.