Young LA Galaxy player Efrain Alvarez was called up to the Mexican senior team before two friendlies in Europe.
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18-year-old Alvarez is a notable Major League Soccer player on El Tri manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s squad, which includes Alan Pulido of Sporting Kansas City, Jonathan dos Santos, midfielder of LA Galaxy, and Rodolfo Pizarro of Inter Miami CF belong.
Mexico will face Wales in Cardiff on March 27, before heading to Austria, where they will face CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica on March 30.
This is the list called up by HC Gerardo Martino for our upcoming preparation games 🆚🇨🇷 and called !!!
Let’s go guys !!!! 🇲🇽⚽️😀 # PasiónyOrgullo | # FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/GAhrdOn25v
– Mexican national team (@miseleccionmxEN) March 17, 2021
Alvarez is a dual national and was courted to also represent the U.S. men’s squad. He last trained with the USMNT in a camp in January, but had to submit a one-time move to FIFA as he played in official youth competitions for Mexico.
Players based in Europe include Andres Guardado, Diego Lainez, Hector Herrera, Nestor Araujo, Edson Alvarez, Erick Gutierrez, Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, Gerardo Arteaga and Jesus “Tecatito” Corona.
Raul Jimenez will join the team but will not attend the Games as the Wolverhampton Wanderers forward continues to recover from surgery after a fractured skull in November.