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Lletget: 'My heart is in America'
by Paul Kennedy, September 4th, 2010 3:15AM

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

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[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."



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  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. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: September 7, 2010 at 12:03 p.m.
    Very good question. However, it would be even more interesting to see how many of these players will Banality Bob Bradley, newly re-annointed head "soccer king" will be called in. As for being "for the good of US soccer..." for now, it is more like for the good of the players since they probably weren't even seen by those US soccer "head hunter/scouts!"

  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/


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