The 22-year-old midfielder bagged his seventh goal since arriving from West Ham United in May to help the Galaxy beat the Colorado Rapids 3-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Steven Gerrard may have been stealing all the headlines for the LA Galaxy in recent weeks but, on the pitch, a former West Ham United midfielder is fast proving the far more significant summer signing.
With the Galaxy 1-0 down at the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night, Sebastian Lletget popped up in the 56th-minute to grab the equaliser and provide the impetus for the MLS Cup holders to go on to claim a 3-1 win – their first on the road in almost 12 months.
The 22-year-old American’s left-footed blast was his seventh goal in 13 games since returning to the States in May following a six-year spell at West Ham and, having now fully established himself as a regular starter, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Entrenched on the left wing after moving around the midfield during his first two months of the club, his skill and drive in the final third has continued to earn rave reviews, including from head coach Bruce Arena.
“Good game,” Arena told the club’s official website after the win over the Rapids. “I thought for the majority of the game, he really won his matchup there against James Riley, who is a good player. Pretty impressive, he hung in there.
“I’ve heard he struggled with the altitude early in the game, and he got his legs back a little bit, not that he got them back completely but he hung in there and did a good job.”
| 2015 MLS Season
||Position||Team||Goals||Assists||Total Key Passes||Passing Accuracy||Total Dribbles||Dribble Accuracy||Total Tackles||Interceptions||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Sebastian Lletget||MF||LA Galaxy||6||0||8||86.6%||17||41.18%||14||8||10||647|
Lletget first left the States in June 2009 to join West Ham after impressive scouts while turning out for his local club, Sporting Santa Clara, but the California-native never managed to make a Premier League appearance during his time in England.
His lone senior outing came in the club’s infamous 5-0 FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest in 2014, while he made the first-team bench just once last season for November’s 2-1 loss at Everton.
However, having headed back across the Atlantic ahead of his contract expiring, the former Under-23 international has since been showing the promise which once saw him labelled among the Hammers’ top prospects and a future USA regular.
If he keeps up his current form over the coming months, though, a first senior call-up might not be too far off, especially if he continues to outshine the likes of Gerrard during the Galaxy’s bid for an unprecedented fourth MLS Cup title in five seasons.