Professional Sports

Two area players selected to U.S. men’s soccer team

CARSON — Two members of the Los Angeles Galaxy who also have local ties from childhood, were part of the 20-man roster for the U.S. men’s soccer under-23 team, which played an exhibition game April 22 against Mexico at the StubHub Center.

Forward Jose Villarreal, an Inglewood native, and defender Oscar Sorto, who attended Manual Arts High in South Los Angeles, represented U.S. Soccer in the game.

The 21-year-old Villarreal has played with the Galaxy since 2012 and has one goal and two assists in five games this season. He has played with the U.S. under-23, under-20 and under-18 national teams.

Sorto, 20, a Manual Arts High alumnus, started 23 games last season for LA Galaxy II, the Galaxy’s USL Pro team. He was called into the U.S. men’s national team training camp in January.

The game with Mexico is part of the preparations for both the U.S. and Mexican teams preparations for the Oct. 1-13 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship, where the champion and runner-up are guaranteed berths in the 2016 Summer Olympics, while the third-place team will face Colombia in a playoff for another berth.