Video: Ex-West Ham midfielder Sebastian Lletget scores first LA Galaxy goal

The 22-year-old American opened his MLS account in Saturday night's 1-1 draw at Columbus Crew SC.

Former West Ham United midfielder Sebastian Lletget marked his first MLS start with a goal on Saturday night, as his LA Galaxy side secured a 1-1 draw at Columbus Crew SC.

Lletget, 22, was supposed to begin to the match on the bench but, when striker Edson Buddle suffered a groin strain during warm-ups following a two-hour weather delay, head coach Bruce Arena turned to the California-native.

Slotting in behind Jose Villarreal in a No. 10 role, the ex-US Under-23 international would go on to make a swift impact, opening the scoring in the 14th-minute after left-back Robbie Rogers supplied a ball into the box for him to fire past Crew goalkeeper Steven Clark.

“To be honest, it's a little bit of blur,” Lletget told “Honestly, I forgot how the ball got there. I just remember turning and then just thinking goal, and then the finish.”

While Gonzalo Higuain’s 66th-minute equaliser meant LA would have to settle for a point on the night, Lletget’s man of the match-calibre performance remained an obvious positive, as he recorded four shots, one key pass, four dribbles and completed 84 per cent of his 32 passes during his 83-minute run-out.

  GoalsTotal Shots Shots OntargetKey PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal DribblesSuccessful DribblesTouchesMins Played
Sebastian Lletget 1 4 1 1 32 84.4% 4 2 47 83

Arriving from West Ham on a free transfer last month, the former Hammer had earned just two substitute appearances for the club prior to the match at MAPFRE Stadium but his full debut had boss Arena singing his praises at the final whistle.

“It was a very impressive showing,” the Galaxy coach added. “He did a very good job, held the ball up, passing was good, got out of tight spaces. He played very well.”

With Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard set to join the club next month, it remains to be seen whether Lletget will be able to hold down a regular place in the line-up going forward but his latest outing should have at least earned him another start for next weekend’s visit of the Philadelphia Union.

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