U-20 World Cup: From question mark to starter, LA Galaxy's Oscar Sorto cherishes experience

Oscar Sorto

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KAYSERI, Turkey – Oscar Sorto wore disappointment all over his face in the aftermatch of the US Under-20 national team's World Cup ouster against Ghana on Thursday, but the youngster was still in a grateful mood.

The LA Galaxy academy Homegrown product made his first tourney start in the 4-1 loss, setting up the lone US goal with a pinpoint cross to Shane O'Neill.

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Sorto nearly didn't make it to Turkey after injuring his foot in mid-May, but recovered in time to take yet another step forward in his young career.

"For me especially, it was the biggest experience," Sorto said. "Two months ago, I didn't know if I was going to come here because of my injury. I just want to thank Tab [Ramos] and all the coaches for giving me a second chance."

Though the U-20 squad was unable to log a victory in the tournament's dreaded Group of Death, Sorto said it certainly wasn't because of a lack of effort.

"Everyone is a good player," he said. "No one gave up for 90 minutes. Unfortunately, we couldn't make it to the second round."

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As for the loss that sent them home on Thursday, the youngster was so dejected afterwards he barely spoke above a whisper while both accepting blame for his team and crediting the victors.

"[The players at the back] made some mistakes and up top we didn't take our chances," conceded Sorto. "[Ghana] countered us well. It was a good team. It was a hard game."