ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The first Major League Soccer goal of Argentine central midfielder Santiago Sosa in Atlanta United FC’s 2-2 draw vs. the home team Columbus Crew last August 21 is considered a statement that the future is bright for the team. The goal is extra special for Sosa, who has been out for a few months after undergoing successful hernia surgery.

The strong performance is also a gift for Atlanta United FC, who hoped Sosa, 22, could recover quickly and perform even better for the team this year. Sosa is considered one of the future stars of the team. In the quarterfinals match of United FC in the CONCACAF Champions League early last year, Sosa played well. Sosa is a massive revelation in the third quarterfinals exit of the United against the Philadelphia Union 4-1.

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 range of passing. 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 to carry United to greater heights in the future. The experts added that while another CCL exit is a hard pill to swallow, it is still a blessing since the American soccer fans could see in the flesh the talent and potential of Sosa.