United States youth international midfielder Sebastian Lletget scored the winning goal for West Ham United’s under-21 team against Everton on Monday. He initiated the play and finished it off after picking off a weak goal kick in the 89th minute.
It was the West Ham U21s’ second game of the Barclays U21 Premier League season. On Aug. 12, Lletget scored the third goal in a 3-0 rout of Aston Villa’s U21s.
Since signing a senior-level contract with the club in February, he has been edging closer to a first-team debut in the Premier League. The San Francisco native has not made a U.S. national team camp since joining the U23s in February 2012 for a camp, ahead of its failed 2012 Olympic qualifying campaign (in which he did not participate).
Before the 2009 U17 World Cup, Lletget starred for the U17s, scoring a goal in the game that clinched its spot in that competition. Others on that roster (Joe Gyau, Jack McInerney and Juan Agudelo) have received looks with the full national team since, but Lletget has not gotten the call yet.
With U.S. head coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s willingness to bring in young faces, Lletget is likely on the radar for a call-up. What would help him immensely would be a debut with West Ham’s first team, which could come this season if his performances stay steady.
Lletget trained with the first team in preseason, impressing in a 2-1 win at Colchester United before joining his teammates for a training camp in Germany.
“I definitely feel like my first-team opportunities are within arm’s length, or even closer than that,” he told the club’s website. “I’m feeling confident and physically ready. We’ll see where the season takes me, but hopefully, it’s going to be one to remember.”
LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru has extradited the country’s former soccer boss to the United States for his alleged involvement in a multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and broadcasting rights.
Manuel Burga was sent to New York on a commercial flight before dawn on Friday.
He has been in jail since December 2015 as part of the investigation. Peru’s Supreme Court in June cleared the way for his extradition and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a decree authorizing the move a week ago.
Burga oversaw Peru’s football federation for more than a decade until 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing.
While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.
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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.
Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes.
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The home side got off to a lightning start as, following a wonderful team move, Jose Callejon headed back Marek Hamsik’s chipped pass for Piotr Zielinski to volley into the bottom left corner.
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Zielinski turned provider moments later as Hamsik beat the offside trap to run onto his pass and fire into the bottom right corner.
It was Hamsik’s 104th goal for Napoli, moving him level with Edinson Cavani in third in the clubs’ goalscoring charts. The Slovakia forward needs 11 more to equal Diego Maradona’s record.
Inter started the second half aggressively but hopes of getting back into the match were scuppered six minutes after the restart when Lorenzo Insigne netted his fourth goal in three league matches after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic only flapped at a corner.
Napoli moved level on points with Atalanta, which visits league leader Juventus on Saturday, and fourth-placed Lazio, which hosts Roma in the capital derby on Sunday.
Inter, which beat Fiorentina 4-2 on Monday for its first win under coach Stefano Pioli, remained eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
On a day where Atlanta United added another young talent, the 2017 MLS expansion side could be preparing to make a major splash for a South American playmaker.
According to numerous Argentine media outlets, Atlanta is closing in on signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for an MLS-record fee of $13 million from Lanus at the end of 2016.
Almiron, 22, has scored three goals in 34 appearances for Lanus since joining the Argentine club in 2015. The young winger began his professional career back in 2013 with Cerro Porteno, where Almiron also played for the club’s youth academy.
On the international stage, Almiron has already earned seven caps for Paraguay after previously representing the nation’s Under-17 and U-20 national teams.