Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal return to the LA Galaxy and reflect on U-20 World Cup experience

CARSON, Calif. – Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal rejoined the LA Galaxy in training on Monday following the completion of the U.S. campaign at the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Both players returned to California earlier this weekend and promptly returned to training following LA’s disappointing 3-2 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday.

I spoke to both players on their performances at the tournament as well as what it may mean for the future with the LA Galaxy and the U.S. National Team in this piece for LA Galaxy.com.

As far as what the players learned in Turkey, both noted that they became more familiar with the fast-paced international speed of play.

“[The pace of the game] was much faster,” admitted Villarreal. “The way that these guys train is at a higher pace than us. It was definitely a learning step for me, so I’ll try to include that here.”

Villarreal didn't simply touch on his own performance as he impressed with Sorto's showing in his two matches-- despite playing out of position at right midfield for the final game against Ghana.

“He did well,” said Villarreal. “He came in as a right mid so it was a lot different for him. Obviously playing against some of the top players in the world at that age was going to be a challenge for him, but I think that he did well. As soon as he changed back to right back, he was a lot more comfortable and showed his ability to play.”