Future Watch: Efrain Alvarez Rookie Soccer Cards, LA Galaxy

Future Watch: Efrain Alvarez Rookie Soccer Cards, LA GalaxyFuture Watch: Efrain Alvarez Rookie Soccer Cards, LA Galaxy – One of the most gifted young players in MLS is 17-year old LA Galaxy attacking midfielder Efrain Alvarez. The talent and soccer smarts are easy to spot for this young man from Los Angeles. Alvarez had three assists in 14 MLS appearances this season, which only recently ended for the Galaxy. He has even impressed his world class teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Alvarez is clearly physically gifted with the football on either of his feet. He is not blazing fast but plays quick and moves very well with or without the football in tight spaces. While his left foot is absolutely deadly and has a light touch, Alvarez can make defenders pay with his right if they overcommit. One thing that has stuck out to me when watching him is his soccer IQ, ability to read the game and make plays others simply cannot see. Plus, he has scored some truly unbelievable goals at the USL level for LA Galaxy II. Alvarez tallied 12 goals in 18 games for Los Dos in 2018.

While the young phenom has played at youth national levels for both the United States and Mexico, it appears El Tri have the inside track in cap tying Alvarez for the future. He was named to the Mexico squad for the U-17 World Cup which is going on now in Brazil. It is the perfect stage for Alvarez to continue to build his soccer resume, this time in front of scouts from massive clubs all over the world.

The Galaxy have been cautious and smart in their approach to giving playing time to this very young potential superstar. It is sure to pay off for them as well as the player. The sky is the limit for Efrain Alvarez.

Collectors can find his cards in 2019 Topps MLS Soccer.

Follow him on Twitter @efrain_alvarez1.

Future Watch: Efrain Alvarez Rookie Soccer Cards, LA Galaxy – Stats

Player Stats, Domestic Leagues Table
Playing Time Offense Defense Expected Per 90 Minutes
Season Age Squad Country Comp LgRank Apps Starts Min Mn/Ap Gls Ast PK PKatt SoT Fls CrdY CrdR xG npxG xA Gls G+A G-PK G+A-PK SoT xG xG+xA npxG npxG+xA Matches
2017 14 LA Galaxy II us USA 2. USL 27th 1 0 45 45 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 2.00 0.00 2.00 0.00 Matches
2018 15 LA Galaxy II us USA 2. USL 26th 17 13 1,238 73 12 3 0 0 17 12 1 0 0.87 1.09 0.87 1.09 1.24 Matches
2019 16 LA Galaxy II us USA 2. USL Champ 17th 2 2 180 90 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0.50 0.50 0.00 0.00 0.50 Matches
2019 16 LA Galaxy us USA 1. MLS 8th 14 4 517 37 0 3 0 0 5 4 2 1 0.6 0.6 1.0 0.00 0.52 0.00 0.52 0.87 0.11 0.28 0.11 0.28 Matches
3 Seasons* 2 Clubs 2 Leagues 34 19 1,980 58 13 7 1 1 23 18 5 1 0.6 0.6 1.0 0.59 0.91 0.55 0.86 1.05 0.11 0.28 0.11 0.28
Country Comp LgRank Apps Starts Min Mn/Ap Gls Ast PK PKatt SoT Fls CrdY CrdR xG npxG xA Gls G+A G-PK G+A-PK SoT xG xG+xA npxG npxG+xA Matches
LA Galaxy II (3 Seasons) 1 League 20 15 1,463 73 13 4 1 1 18 14 3 0 0.80 1.05 0.74 0.98 1.11
LA Galaxy (1 Season) 1 League 14 4 517 37 0 3 0 0 5 4 2 1 0.6 0.6 1.0 0.00 0.52 0.00 0.52 0.87 0.11 0.28 0.11 0.28
USL Champ (3 Seasons) 20 15 1,463 73 13 4 1 1 18 14 3 0 0.80 1.05 0.74 0.98 1.11
MLS (1 Season) 14 4 517 37 0 3 0 0 5 4 2 1 0.6 0.6 1.0 0.00 0.52 0.00 0.52 0.87 0.11 0.28 0.11 0.28
Provided by FBref.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/28/2019.

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