Meet Alejandro Rodriguez .... the Sunderland reject who embarrassed West Ham

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Alejandro Rodriguez Gorrin was the star of the show as Wellington Phoenix defeated West Ham yesterday.

West Ham United were left slightly shaken yesterday after they lost their pre-season game against A-League side Wellington Phoenix. The New Zealand based side finished ninth in the ten team A-League last term so it was perfectly fine to expect a Hammers win yesterday - but they did not count on the performance of one Wellington player, with a Premier League history.

Midfielder Alejandro Rodriguez Gorrin bossed the fixture, leaving the Premier League stars of Upton Park traliing in his wake.

He assisted the first goal for captain Andrew Durante and bagged the second, which proved to be the winner, leaving Sam Allardyce with egg on his face.

But Sunderland fans might very well recognise the name Alejandro Gorrin.

Gorrin signed for The Black Cats in the summer of 2009, becoming the first Spaniard to play for the club's academy. Born in Tenerife he was a promising member of the club's youth system until this summer, when after five years, he joined Wellington.

The former captain of Sunderland under-20's decided to reject Championship interest to make the move to the club - after Phoenix assistant Chris Greenacre was tipped off by Sunderland youth coach Robbie Stockdale.

His performance outshone every single West Ham player on the pitch and now the talented star will be hoping to make a name for himself Down Under. Who knows? He might be back on our shores very soon.

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