FRISCO, Texas – U.S. international Sebastian Lletget is officially the newest member of FC Dallas following a late trade with the New England Revolution. Let's get to know the veteran midfielder a little better with five fun facts about Sebastian "Da Boy" Lletget.
1) Former West Ham Player
Lletget's first taste of professional soccer came with English Premier League Club West Ham. Born and raised in the Bay Area of California, Lletget was first spotted by a scout from West Ham when he was 13 and playing for Sporting Santa Clara. Although he wasn't allowed to make the jump to Europe at the time, Lletget eventually moved to London to join West Ham's academy when he was 17 and playing for U.S. Soccer's Bradenton Residency program. He was successful at the academy level and trained with the first team under then manager Gianfranco Zola but, after a few years and coaching changes, Lletget returned to the U.S. to make his name with the LA Galaxy without making a competitive appearance for the Hammers.
2) Big Fan of Maté
Although from Brisbane, CA just outside of San Francisco, Lletget is of Argentinean descent and is therefore a big fan of maté (or just mate). Maté is a caffeinated drink made from dried Yerba Maté leaves that's very popular in South America. Please see this heart-warming video of Lletget enjoying some maté with his father, who was born in Argentina and was the one who introduced him to soccer originally.
3) Favorite Cheat Meal
Lletget is very fitness and nutritionally oriented, even more than most pro athletes. Teammates often describe how he's one of the last ones to leave the training field and/or gym. Still, everyone loves a good cheat meal. And for Lletget, that's pizza.
4) YouTube Personality
Lletget has his own YouTube channel where he gives you a little insight into his life off the field. His videos range from how he stays fit during the offseason, how to brew maté, his life with the U.S. national team, and most importantly, how he and his girlfriend celebrate Taco Tuesday.
5 ) Power Couple
We saved the best fact for last...and you probably already know about this one. Lletget is part of American soccer's most notable power couple. The 29-year-old has been in a relationship with accomplished singer and actress Becky G since 2016. According to Becky G, the two had mutual friends before they met but she was the one who made the first move by sliding into his DMs. Classic.