#94 // Álvarez → Steres LA Galaxy 1 – 1 Chicago Fire

This is, officially, the youngest assist-maker on this site.

Born during the 2002 World Cup. 16 years old.




First game of the MLS season, out in California.

And a kid from L.A. named Efraín Álvarez is making his debut.

With the ball bouncing its way out to him at the edge of the box, a Fire defender out to contain him—and then, the head-fake of a cross, and that move.

Not the most stunning, given all that goes on in world soccer. But done to perfection, cutting toward the end-line and opening up to send the ball in with his left, at just the right angle, onto the head of Daniel Steres and in—for the equalizing goal.




Here’s another angle of it, and highlights from the rest of the debut.




Internationally, he can still play either for Mexico or U.S., for a little longer before deciding for good. Having played for the American U15s, then switching to the Mexican U15s, now on to the Mexican U17s.

With a battle of courtship, most definitely, on the way.


What’s it going to be, big guy?





The debut assist was solid, but, months later—he had one ever better:




Keep an eye on this guy…

Might be playing for quite a while longer.


2038 World Cup?