BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, March 23, 2010
As the US U-20 national team prepares for the 2010 Dallas Cup which starts this upcoming Sunday, one of the most notable absences on the US roster is West Ham U18 midfielder Sebastian Lletget.
Lletget, 17, is widely considered to be one of the top American prospects but has raised concern about his commitment to the US program since he reportedly declined an invitation to play at last year's U17 World Cup.
This concern, however, was largely eased when Lletget was invited by US head coach Thomas Rongen to the first US U20 camp of the 2011 cycle this past December.
YA has learned that Lletget was also invited by Rongen to take part in the upcoming Dallas Cup but since he is recovering from a recent illness, his coaches at West Ham decided that he should remain in London.
"It's not that I wasn't allowed to go to the Dallas Cup," Lletget told YA. "I'm recovering from being ill and the coach didn't want to jeopardize my health any further."