The Galaxy added to its haul of talented homegrown players Tuesday by signing defender Oscar Sorto off its U-18 academy team.
Sorto, a graduate of Manual Arts High in Los Angeles, is the third player -- and first defender -- to be signed directly from the academy program in the last two years, joining forwards Jose Villarreal and Jack McBean.
"It is a dream come true to join a club like the Galaxy, a team I have been a fan of since I was a kid," Sorto, 18, said in a statement. "Growing up watching players like Mauricio Cienfuegos and Cobi Jones win championships motivated me to become a professional. I am very happy to represent my hometown like they did."
Sorto, in his second year with the Galaxy Academy, appeared in seven MLS Reserve League games and in 24 U-18 academy games last season, helping the team to the SoCal Division academy title.