In today’s MLS Round-Up, we look at a couple of players that have found their footing playing in MLS after playing abroad. We start with the LA Galaxy, which TST is extensively covering this season, and Sebastian Lletget, native to the San Francisco area but finding a niche with the Galaxy. Last season, Lletget scored seven goals in 20 appearances but you can expect more production and improved form from Da Boy.
“I’m blurring the lines a little,” Lletget told LAGalaxy.com’s Adam Serrano. “This city and this club have accepted me into their hearts. Galaxy fans especially have been fantastic. I know that I’m from a rival city, but it’s been a great transition so far, and I’m grateful for that.
“Manhattan Beach suits my personality. It’s tranquil and beautiful. It’s amazing. At the beginning it was a little bit different, but now I feel like Los Angeles is like home to me.
“I may be from the Bay Area, but I’ve got a lot of love for this city, and I’m going to show it through my soccer. I’ve only been here seven months, but I can see that the Galaxy mean so much to this city. People are noticing that this is a big club and it means a lot to us to play for the city.”
Another player that has found his niche playing in MLS is Houston Dynamo midfielder Cristian Maidana, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Union and is well traveled. The Argentine also has a wife and kids and is a bonafide soccer dad.
“Houston is a great city,” Maidana told MLSSoccer.com’s Jesus Acevedo Jr. “Over the issue of school they have a lot of classmates that speak Spanish and they have great teachers. Truthfully, Houston is the [right] place for me to continue my career. I think this year is going to be really good for me and I want to stay in Houston. After this season I have one year left and my idea, if possible, is that I would love to finish my career in Houston and make this city my permanent home.
“My goal is to keep doing what I did last year and get assists. We have some great forwards here and the coach talks to me about repeating what I did last year, which I think was a very good year for me. Also to try and convert more scoring opportunities, but I’m not selfish at any one moment: I prefer to get assists. I want to replicate my performance from last year and hopefully it will help the club.”