Quick, powerful and with a keen eye for goal, Sebastian Soto looks to have all the attributes to shine at Hannover after making his Bundesliga debut on Matchday 28? But who exactly is the 18-year-old USA youth international?
Position: Centre forward
Since joining Hannover in the summer of 2018 from Real Salt Lake, where he spent two years in the youth academy, Soto has made a huge impact on the Bundesliga club's U19 team, scoring 17 goals in 24 appearances last term. That form did not go unnoticed and he was rewarded with a Bundesliga debut on Matchday 28 against Wolfsburg. In doing so, the 18-year-old from Carlsbad, California, became the 11th American to feature in the Bundesliga this season, and he went on to make two further appearances, but he will be a Bundesliga 2 player next term following Hannover's relegation. He opened the scoring for the US against Nigeria at the Under-20 FIFA World Cup in Poland at the end of May.
Plays a bit like: Lars Stindl
The former Hannover captain, now plying his trade for Borussia Mönchengladbach, became a fan-favourite for his work-ethic and goal scoring prowess. Soto appears to be following in similar footsteps and is much like Stindl in the way he scores his goal. Often finding himself in the right place at the right time in the opposition box, Soto is quick and strong, but his best asset is arguably his poaching ability in front of goal. With his natural qualities clearly impressing his coaches at Hannover, it will only help his cause to be trained in the Bundesliga like his potential future USMNT teammates such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Co.
Did you know?
Soto has made four appearances for the USA U19 team and seven appearances for the USA U20 team – scoring five and two goals in each age group respectively – but he could still choose to represent Mexico internationally in the future.
What they’re saying
"One thing that he has is the desire and the hunger a striker must have […] A lot of goals are from him being opportunistic and a good finisher, and a lot of goals are from him being determined and having that composure.” - Real Salt Lake academy director Martin Vazquez
"He has talent and has brought a fresh feeling with him. He's straight forward and a good guy. He'll be with us again. He's a USA U20 player and maybe even the future of Hannover." - Hannover head coach Thomas Doll