ATLANTA, GEORGIA—One of the top players of Atlanta United who underwent a successful sports hernia surgery is ready to play extended minutes for the team in the 2022 Major League Soccer season.
Argentine midfielder Santiago Sosa, 22, is ready to play 90 minutes for the team if needed. “I feel really good,” Sosa said.
“I think I’ve been working very well in the last few weeks. As you guys know, I was out for a long time with the operation that I had. But during those months, I was fully committed to my rehab process. So now I’m feeling much better,” Sosa added.
After missing the first two games of the season, Sosa has appeared off the bench in the past two games, totaling 11 minutes.
Sosa logged almost 2,200 minutes in 25 appearances last season, his first with the team after joining River Plate. Sosa is considered one of the future stars of the team.
In the quarterfinals match of United FC in the CONCACAF Champions League early this year, Sosa played well. In the third straight quarterfinals exit of the United against the Philadelphia Union 4-1, Sosa is a huge revelation. The Argentinian scored the team’s only goal in their 1-1 draw against the home team, Union, at Subaru Park.
The goal is sweet for Sosa since it is his first-ever goal at the professional level after signing with the MLS ball club in February.
The strong performance of Sosa is also an indication that the United FC management made the right decision to sign him to a reported $6m.
Despite his age, Sosa already displays an impressive reading of the game, calmness under pressure, and a wide passing range.
When United signed Sosa, many soccer experts hailed the signing since the young Argentinian has the talent and potential to be a football star someday.
The experts said with proper guidance, exposure, and training, Sosa has the potential of carrying United to greater heights in the future. The experts added while another CCL exit is a hard pill to swallow, it is still a blessing since the American soccer fans were able to see in the flesh the talent and potential of Sosa.