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Sebastian Lletget Interview

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Austria Wien vs. West Ham United

Sebastian Lletget

  • DOB September 3, 1992
  • Age 21
  • Place of birth San Francisco, California
  • POSITION Midfielder
  • HEIGHT 5'10"
  • WEIGHT 165
  • U.S. CAPS 0
  • CLUB West Ham United
  • TWITTER @slletget (16.9K followers)
  • Youth Experience U-17, U-20, U-23

Although he's from the West Coast, Sebastian "Seb" Lletget has a certain New Jersey swagger. (His friendship with Giuseppe Rossi and Jozy Altidore may be a contributing factor.) The midfielder is confident, cool, and, yes, occasionally arrogant, attributes that are serving him well as he fights for a spot in the best league in the world.

Lletget is currently with West Ham United but the details of his journey are circuitous. He spent time in the youth academy at Bradenton but didn't like the isolated environment. "To be honest, your social status in residency really is a big letdown for all the guys, not just me," he said in 2009, just before moving to England. "You're always stuck together. You can't go out, and we're very restricted. We're very limited in our options to go anywhere. We're away from our families."

Lletget thrived in West Ham's famed academy, which produced Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, and other talents, and signed a professional contract with the club the day he turned 18. He has been trying to make the first team ever since and spent time training with them during the 2012-2013 preseason. He didn't catch on, but more seasoning with the reserves will do the youngster well.

Lletget starred for the U-17s and played a role with the U-20s as well. He's still very young, having turned 20 on September 3, 2012. The skills continue to develop, most notably a creativity and vision that few—if any—can match at his age. Lletget's ability to see the field and his confidence in distributing are his best qualities and have the American staff paying attention. One issue: He's said he would like to play for Italy if they come calling, and he is eligible because of his dual passports. He might have a bit more in common with Rossi than American fans would like to admit.—NOAH DAVIS

Noteworthy Reads

Sebastian Lletget Leaves (Goal.com)
Lletget Rapidly Progressing at West Ham (ESPN.com)
AmericanSoccerNow.