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Oscar Sorto signs with Orange County Soccer Club

Former Galaxy defender joins newly branded USL club

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-LA Galaxy at San Jose Earthquakes Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

A longtime Galaxy academy product has moved on.

Orange County Soccer Club, formerly known as the OC Blues, have signed right back Oscar Sorto, who joins the team after five seasons with the Galaxy and Los Dos.

Sorto, a Southern California native was part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, playing for the Pateadores and LA Galaxy. He was the first defender to be signed directly from the LA Galaxy Academy U-18 team as a homegrown player in 2012 and made his professional debut in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2013 against Costa Rican side CS Cartagines. The 22 year old went on to make 8 appearances for the first team making his MLS debut against Chivas USA on April 6th 2014. Sorto became a regular for LA Galaxy II during his time with the club. He amassed a total of 57 appearances for Los Dos, during this time he firmly established himself as one of the leading right backs in the USL. He played a key role in the Galaxy II side that made it to the USL championship final against Rochester Rhinos in 2015.

Personally, I’m a bit sad to see Sorto depart. Oscar was a hell of a nice guy, and always seemed to have a big smile on his face. However, the So Cal native was ultimately unable to crack what was always a talented roster, so the move is probably best for both sides.