Sorto hoping to become the LA Galaxy's next Homegrown player

07 September 1:10 pm

Sorto hoping to become the LA Galaxy's next Homegrown player

By Adam Serrano

CARSON, Calif. -- On the heels of adding Swedish International Christian Wilhelmsson, the LA Galaxy appear to be closing in on another signature, this time of the Homegrown variety. 

According to LA Galaxy Under-18 defender Oscar Sorto, the Galaxy and the right back from South Central Los Angeles are currently in discussions over a potential Homegrown contract.  Sorto, 18, has been training with the Galaxy's first team for the last month shortly after returning from a training stint with Swedish club Hammarby IF. Sorto has earned considerable praise from the Galaxy players and coaching staff during his stint with head coach Bruce Arena describing Sorto as a "good player and I think that he has a future with our team." 

When asked after Friday's training session about whether he could potentially turn his training period with the Galaxy first team into a Homegrown deal, Sorto admitted that the negotiations are taking place.

"Right now we're talking about that," Sorto told LA Galaxy Insider. "I'm from South Central and it would be really big. I've been watching the Galaxy since I was little, Cienfuegos played here and he's a role model for us Salvadorans so it would be great playing for the Galaxy." 

When reached for comment, Galaxy Vice President Chris Klein told LA Galaxy Insider that  "We don't comment on any type of negotiations until anything is finalized."