Sebastian Soto’s club career looked to have hit a standstill in Portugal this season, but now the American forward has a new opportunity in the Scottish Premiership.
Soto has joined Livingston on loan for the rest of the season, the club announced Wednesday. Norwich City recalled Soto early from his loan spell with FC Porto and has given him a new opportunity to earn first team minutes.
“Sebastian was on our radar in the summer but we missed out to FC Porto but it hasn’t quite worked out for him over in Portugal and the opportunity came up again a few weeks ago and fortunately this time, we’ve been successful,” Livingston manager David Martindale said.
“Sebastian has represented the USA from under 17 level right through to the full national team and has scored goals at every level from 19’s onwards, including two against Panama for the senior side. He has played for Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga before being purchased by Norwich City so he is a really exciting signing for us.”
Soto joined Norwich City from German side Hannover in the Summer of 2020, but has yet to make his first team debut in England. The U.S. men’s national team forward scored seven goals in 12 appearances with Dutch second tier club Telstar on loan last season and since was loaned to FC Porto in September 2021.
The 21-year-old scored one goal and registered one assist in eight appearances for Porto B this season.
Livingston sits in ninth place in the 12-team Premiership, five points out from the top-six. Soto will look to make his debut this week as Livingston hosts Rangers on Wednesday before traveling to Hibernian on Saturday.