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West Ham Academy Product Scores For Team USA, Then Is Injured

Sebastian Lletget put the Americans ahead after five minutes, but exits 10 minutes after.

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The US Men’s National Team started quickly in its 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Honduras as West Ham Academy product Sebastian Lletget scored after just five minutes.

Jozy Altidore fed Christian Pulisic through the box, before the latter’s shot deflected across goal for the trailing Lletget to poke home. It was a wonder start for the San Francisco native, scoring his first goal for the USA in Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

West Ham United U21 v PSV Eindhoven U21 - Barclays U21 Premier League International Cup Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

But 10 minutes after scoring, the LA Galaxy star suffered a left ankle injury and made way for Alejandro Bedoya.

Honduras’ Ever Alvarado slid in on Lletget, earning a yellow card for the challenge. Lletget continued for another minute before going down when tracking back on defense.

It’s tough luck for Lletget after such a quick start to suffer an injury. It proves you can take a player out of West Ham, but never the West Ham out of a player.

Lletget joined the Hammers in 2010 and was an unused substitute in four Premier League games during the 2012-13 season. He made his official debut for West Ham on 5 January, 2014, when the Hammers were clobbered, 5-0, by Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

The 24-year-old midfielder joined the Galaxy in 2015, and has scored eight goals for the club.