Former West Ham midfielder Sebastian Lletget gunning for first LA Galaxy start

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The 22-year-old American made his debut for the MLS club as a second-half substitute in last Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Orlando City SC.

The LA Galaxy will be bidding to snap their five-game winless streak when they host Owen Coyle’s Houston Dynamo on Friday night, in a match which newboy Sebastian Lletget is hoping to earn his first start for the MLS Cup holders.

Lletget, 22, completed his move from West Ham United earlier this month, before making his Galaxy debut as a 69th-minute substitute in last Sunday’s shock 4-0 defeat at Orlando City SC.

The midfielder was unable to make much of an impact during his cameo, as Kaka-led Orlando dominated an LA side missing regular starters Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Rogers, but he is hoping to get the chance to show his worth for the visit of Houston.

Speaking to lagalaxy.com, Lletget said: “I believe I am [ready to start]. I always believe that I’m practicing really hard. Obviously, coming in the middle of the season, I do need to do a little bit of catch-up in terms of philosophy and our style of play, but I think that I’m ready.”

The Galaxy could certainly do with a spark in the attack for Friday, especially if star man Robbie Keane fails to return from the groin strain which has forced him to miss the past seven games.

However, having seen little competitive action before arriving in LA, head coach Bruce Arena believes Lletget might need to wait a bit longer for his full MLS debut.

"He needs more time,” said the former US national team boss. “But it was good to get him out on the field for the first time."

After winning three of the past four MLS Cup titles, LA have gotten off to slow start to the 2015 campaign without the now-retired Landon Donovan, taking just 14 points from their first 12 games.

Most expect the impending arrival of Steven Gerrard from Liverpool to solve their problems but, until then, it will be up to the likes of Lletget to attempt to fill the void left in the midfield.

The former US Under-23 international managed just one first-team appearance during his five seasons at West Ham, having suffered with various injuries, but he has been a well-regarded prospect for some time and one who could prove a big hit in MLS if he can remain fit.

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