For a brief moment, Sebastian Lletget was on the top of the world. The West Ham academy product turned LA Galaxy star had just broken through the U.S. national team, earning a starting place in Bruce Arena’s squad and scoring the opening goal in World Cup Qualifying vs. Honduras in front of his friends and family.
Then Eder Alvarado takes Lletget down in the 14th minute, and the rest is history.
As I went through the initial shock of the first surgeries, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was pressing pause on my participation in the game that I love so dearly. I couldn’t kick a ball. I couldn’t run. I couldn’t even walk.
The Galaxy medical staff, especially our former trainer Kurt Andrews, were patient with me. They gave me all the information that I needed and allowed me to realize that this was no quick recovery. They told me that I would require multiple surgeries, and even need several screws in my foot to ultimately play again.
It’s a engrossing tale and a must-read. View the letter in full HERE.