Ex-West Ham midfielder Sebastian Lletget's LA Galaxy displays earn skipper Robbie Keane's praise

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The 22-year-old American scored for the second straight game in Wednesday night's 6-1 US Open Cup win over PSA Elite.

LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has praised new boy Sebastian Lletget for his recent displays for the MLS club.

Keane was speaking to the Galaxy’s official website following Wednesday’s 6-1 US Open Cup win over amateur side PSA Elite, when Lletget scored for the second straight game with a well-taken header and helped set up two of his skipper’s three goals.

The American midfielder, 22, completed his move from West Ham United last month but had to wait several weeks before getting his first MLS start in last weekend’s match at Columbus Crew SC.

Brought into the line-up at the last-minute after striker Edson Buddle injured his groin during warm-ups following a two-hour weather delay, the California-native made a swift impact with a 14th-minute opener and came close to adding a second on a couple of other occasions during his 83-minute stint.

Having gone on to impress again in mid-week, fellow ex-Hammer Keane has been pleased with what he has seen from his new teammate thus far and is hoping that it is a sign of things to come.

“He did very well”, said the Irishman. “He scored a great header. He did very, very well. He needs to continue that form. He scored his first goal last week so we’ll be certainly looking for more from him going forward. Hopefully he can continue to do that.”

The win over PSA Elite was the first extended action Lletget had seen alongside Keane since arriving in LA, as the veteran striker was making just his second start since April after recovering from a nagging groin strain.

Discussing their on-pitch relationship, the former US Under-23 international told lagalaxy.com: “For our first start together, I thought we did well. He’s been in the game for so many years, and you can tell he is an intelligent player. It’s great to balance off on him, up top especially an attacking player, but I thought we did well together.”

Lletget, who first moved to West Ham in 2009, had been considered one of Premier League side’s top prospects during his first few seasons at Upton Park but ended up making just one appearance for the club in a 5-0 FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest in 2014.

Now hoping to kick-start his career back in the States, his recent outings look like a good sign for the future but, with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard arriving at the StubHub Center next month, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to hold down a regular place in the line-up.

Nevertheless, the fact that he is comfortable either in a No. 10 role or out wide should help his chances of contributing for the immediate future, as Bruce Arena’s men hunt for an unprecedented fourth MLS Cup title in five seasons.

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