Video: Ex-West Ham youngster Sebastian Lletget continues impressive scoring run for LA Galaxy

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The 22-year-old midfielder scored for the third successive game in all competitions in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.

LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget scored for the third consecutive game on Saturday night as the MLS Cup holders thrashed the Philadelphia Union 5-1 at the StubHub Center.

Despite netting in both last weekend’s narrow 1-1 draw at Columbus Crew SC and Wednesday’s 6-1 US Open Cup win over PSA Elite, the 22-year-old American had to settle for a place on the bench but made a swift impact following his 57th-minute introduction.

With LA cruising to all three points at 4-1 up, the former West Ham United man iced the result in the 65th-minute with his side’s fifth, finishing a squad ball from fellow goalscorer Gyasi Zardes following man-of-the-match Baggio Husidic’s expertly-placed feed.

 Vs Philadelphia PositionTeamGoalsTotal ShotsShots OntargetTotal Key PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal TacklesTouchesDispossessedMins Played
Sebastian Lletget MF LA Galaxy 1 2 1 2 15 100% 1 21 3 33

Having joined on a free transfer from the Hammers last month, it took him a few weeks to settle into life in MLS but the ex-US Under-23 international is now starting to show the talent which once saw him labelled among the Premier League club’s top prospects.

Speaking to the Galaxy’s official website at the final whistle, Lletget said: “I’m feeling good. I think [my form] physically was the big issue in the beginning, just fitness wise, but I’m really coming along now. But as soon as the next game starts, I just forget about all of that until I get another [goal].

“I think as an athlete, you want to keep moving forward and keep on that streak and you have to forget about that.”

Head coach Bruce Arena added on his newest acquisition's performance: “He is a good player, no question about it. You can his quality on the ball. He can move the ball, he is a good passer, he can finish off players, so he is a good addition to our squad.”

With Arena having a number of midfielder options at his disposal, and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard set to arrive next month, it remains to be seen whether Lletget will be able to hold down a regular place in the line-up going forward.

Nevertheless, after struggling to make the breakthrough with West Ham, it looks like the California-native has found a club where he will at least get a chance to showcase the promise that first took him to Upton Park back in 2009.

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