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LA Galaxy's Efrain Alvarez: 'I could still play for the U.S.' or stay with Mexico

LA Galaxy academy player Efrain Alvarez scores a hat trick and celebrates like first-team star Robbie Keane.

LA Galaxy prospect Efrain Alvarez says he could still decide to play for the United States despite his switch to Mexico's youth system.

Alvarez, who only turned 16 last month, was called up to Mexico's under-17 team this summer, but he told MLSsoccer.com that his senior international future is still to be determined.

"I'm not closing the door on anyone," he said ahead of Tuesday's MLS Homegrown Game. "I could still play for the U.S. or I could keep playing for Mexico. But I'm with Mexico...

Iran hold on for fighting win against Mexico

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Iran set up a quarterfinal clash with Spain with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Mexico in the round of 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Goa on Tuesday.

Mohammad Sharifi gave Iran an early lead from the penalty spot in the 7th minute. The spot kick was awarded following a silly challenge by Adrián Vázquez on Mohammad Ghaderi inside the box. Allahyar Sayyad made it 2-0 in the 11th minute with a neat finish from outside the box.

Iran took their foot off the gas after the early goals,...

U-17 WC pre-quarters: Who, where and what

Ghana's Eric Ayiah (No. 6) celebrates a goal with his coach during the match against India in New Delhi.
Ghana's Eric Ayiah (No. 6) celebrates a goal with his coach during the match against India in New Delhi.

After nine days and an impressive ratio of 3.5 goals per match, the group stages of the U17 World Cup are over and it's time to get serious with some knockout football. From here, matches tied at full time will go straight to penalties.

The tournament hasn't been set ablaze so far and perhaps this is the time for real heroes. This is how the matchups look like. 

October 18

Match 7: Ghana vs. Niger - 5pm, Mumbai

Ghana showed India how ruthless they can be. Fast and direct in attack, compact...

Mexico reach knockouts despite goalless draw

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Two-time champions Mexico played out a goalless draw against Chile in a high-intensity Group F game that was enough for them to qualify to the knockout stages of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Indira Gandhi stadium in Guwahati on Saturday.

Mexico ended their group engagements with just two points finishing third behind England and Iraq. They still qualified as one of the four best third-placed teams.

The Central American champions are the only side in this edition to qualify to the round of 16 without...

Sancho v Lainez: A tale of two wingers

Jadon Sancho scored his third goal of the Under-17 World Cup

When England went up 3-0 inside 10 minutes of the second half of their Group F match against Mexico, Jadon Sancho led his team-mates to one corner of the field. The pack of England's young lions, dressed in their almost Arthurian white, tried to rouse the already worshipful packed stands in front of them, asking for more noise, more love.

The attention had stayed on Sancho through the match, where a 3-2 England victory has taken them into the knockout rounds of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The noise...