Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Lletget: 'My heart is in America'
by Paul Kennedy, September 4th, 2010 3:15AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, england, u-17 world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] American midfielder Sebastian Lletget celebrated his 18th birthday Friday by signing his first professional contract with English club West Ham United.

Lletget, a product of Santa Clara (Calif.) Sporting, has been training with West Ham on and off for several years but FIFA rules precluded him from signing a pro contract with the Hammers until now.

He played for the USA in Concacaf under-17 qualifying but didn't travel to the 2009 world championships.

He's also eligible to play for Italy or Argentina but says he wants to represent the USA.

"With my Italian heritage," Lletget told the West Ham web site, "Giuseppe Rossi is the player I look up to most because he has come from a similar background to me, and is also a similar type player. It's my aim to make a name for myself like he has. My heart is in America, though, so if the chance ever arose to play for the United States, I'd love that."

Lletget described himself as an attacking midfielder who plays in the hole.

"I love to play football and I think I have good vision, good ball control and I like to pass the ball," he said. "I think those are my strongest suits. I like to express myself. In the upcoming season, I really want to get established and comfortable and play for the reserves then maybe I'll get spotted by the manager. Now I have signed, I don't want to rush things and put extra pressure on myself. I'm just going to take it step-by-step, day-by-day."



2 comments
  1. Florencio Amaya
    commented on: September 4, 2010 at 11:32 a.m.
    It is great that this kids are signing European contracts,for the good of US soccer I will like to know how many American players do we have playing out side the US. photoamaya@hotmail.com
  1. Anthony Pignataro
    commented on: September 7, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.
    Florencio...For a list of soccer players playing abroad, check out this blog: http://ussoccerplayersabroad.blogspot.com/

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Report: Alex Morgan says women want deal by March 1    
Alex Morgan, who debuted on Saturday for new French club Lyon before returning to the U.S. ...
MLS Moves: Fire spends big to acquire newlywed McCarty    
Whether they like it or not, players are inextricably attached to numbers, and in the case ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"We'll figure it out one day. If we can put a guy on the moon, I'm ...
NWSL's Jeff Plush: 'We can't be complacent'    
The NWSL will enter the 2017 season with a new team (relocated from Western New York) ...
NWSL: Fletcher will retire after nine pro seasons    
Kendall Fletcher, one of the best defenders in U.S. women's pro soccer since its relaunch in ...
Making a List: Second class of 'Pro Course' coaches    
The second class of coaches enrolled in U.S. Soccer's new "Pro Course" coaching license includes 17 ...
Video Pick: U.S. women prepping for next World Cup    
A four-minute look at the first U.S. women's national team camp of 2017 opens with Coach ...
What They're Saying: Jack Warner    
"He believes football is of course like Nescafe -- quick fix. He doesn’t know that in ...
What They're Saying: Marseille fans    
"Drogba, stop saying you love OM. You earn in a month what we'll never have in ...
Video Pick: Dog and cat interrupt same game    
The best field invasion of the year so far happened during Pachuca's 1-0 Liga MX win ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives