Video: Ex-West Ham youngster Sebastian Lletget nets sixth goal since joining LA Galaxy

West Ham Upton Park

The 22-year-old midfielder has been in stellar form since swapping Upton Park for the StubHub Center in May.

Former West Ham United midfielder Sebastian Lletget has been wowing MLS fans with his displays since joining the LA Galaxy in early May, and Friday night’s performance against the San Jose Earthquakes was no exception.

The former Hammers prospect scored his sixth goal in 12 games with a stoppage-time header to complete a 5-2 win over their archrivals at the StubHub Center – the third time in the past four league home games that his side have put five past their opponents.

With new teammate Steven Gerrard marking his MLS debut with a goal and Robbie Keane also bagging a hat-trick, the in-form American received few headlines on the night but he certainly deserved to take some plaudits for his contribution to the victory.

As well as his goal, the former US Under-23 international hit the woodwork just after the break, recorded 58 touches of the football, three crosses and completed a match-leading 93.8 per cent of his 48 passes.

 Vs San Jose
GoalsTotal ShotsShots OntargetTotal Passes Passing AccuracyTotal CrossesTotal TacklesWon HeadersHeader SuccessTotal TouchesDispossessedMins Played
Sebastian Lletget 1 2 1 48 93.8% 3 3 2 40% 58 3 90

Speaking about his latest performance to the clubs’ official website at the final whistle, head coach Bruce Arena said: "You saw tonight, he has a great combination of speed and power and balance.

"Technically he’s very good, and that would have been a great goal, the one he hit off the cross bar.”

Lletget, who was on West Ham’s books from June 2009 until leaving for LA this summer, had been considered one of Premier League side’s top prospects during his first few seasons at Upton Park.

For whatever reason, he managed just one appearance for the club in a 5-0 FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest in 2014 but, after being let go on a free transfer ahead of his contract expiring this summer, is now showcasing the talent which first caught the attention of Hammers scouts.

Still aged just 22, his efforts to ignite his career have gotten off to a great start so far and, if can keep up his current level of performance, then calls for US national team honours might not be far off.

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