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Official: Efraín Álvarez commits to Mexico national team

The United States and Mexico national teams were openly fighting for the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder, but he already made up his mind on his international career.

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Official: Efraín Álvarez commits to Mexico national team

The LA Galaxy player has already made his debut with the Mexican national team and he is showing a lot of progress in his third season in Major League Soccer. Álvarez even scored the winning goal on Wednesday for the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 victory against Vancouver for week nine of the MLS.

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Efraín Álvarez has made up his mind

With the Gold Cup set to start on 10 July for the Mexico national team, it is expected that Efraín Álvarez will be included in the 23-player roster that will participate in the CONCACAF tournament. During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the coach of the Mexico national team, Gerardo Martino, made it clear that Álvarez has made up his mind for his international career.

"Efraín is 100 percent committed to Mexico. There is no doubt about that anymore. Álvarez is a footballer that I have been watching for a long time and that is why he already made his debut in a friendly and he will be seeing more minutes in the next games. He is among the young players that are the future of the Mexican national team,” he added.

The USMNT tried to convince Álvarez

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.’

Honestly I feel happy with my decision. I have always been proud of my Mexican roots and to be called to the national team. This is what you aspire as a young footballer and if everything goes right I will be playing in the Gold Cup with Mexico next month. My first dream came true [to debut with Mexico] and my second one is to play in the Gold Cup,” said Álvarez to TUDN.