CARSON, Calif. – Ahead of an important week for the LA Galaxy, head coach Bruce Arena is likely test LA’s depth—particularly at right back.
With starting right back A.J. DeLaGarza suffering an elbow injury in last Saturday’s draw to D.C. United and the club admitting to a sluggish showing in Washington, Arena may need to turn to his bench to fill the hole on the right side of defense. Two of his primary options include Sean Franklin, who has been used in the midfield over the past few weeks, but also young Homegrown defender Oscar Sorto.
The 19-year-old has been primarily used in MLS Reserve League matches this season, but with DeLaGarza out with injury and Arena seeking rotation, he may be an option for Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match against Isidro Metapán.
If Sorto is called upon to the game day roster or possibly start against the Salvadorian club, the teenager admits that he’ll need to rise to the occasion.
“It’s big pressure because all of the players in the first team are high quality players, but I've been improving during these last five months since the U-20 World Cup,” said Sorto. “I've been playing faster and I'm getting better at defending at one-on-ones, which is key to the [right back] position. I’m just going to concentrate on my game and not worry.”