Sacha Kljestan

Sacha Kljestan
16
Midfielder
  • 6' 1"
  • 170 lbs.
  • 09-09-1985
  • Anaheim, CA

Overview
Sacha Kljestan enjoyed a breakout season in 2008, both for club and country. In his third year in MLS, Kljestan was a member of the league's Best XI, led Chivas USA in scoring, and was an All-Star. He also participated in the Olympics for the United States, scoring twice in the team's three games. The midfielder has also made 20 appearances with the U.S. National Team (as of Sept. 1, 2009), and hit a hat-trick in the U.S.'s win over Sweden in January of 2009. Kljestan also was part of the United States squad that earned second place at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. A Huntington Beach native, Kljestan joined the Red-and-White as a first round pick in the 2006 SuperDraft after a distinguished career at Seton Hall University.

MLS Experience

2009: Kljestan played in 25 games (24 starts) for Chivas USA. He finished with five goals and three assists, tying his goal total from the 2008 season. All five goals came in the last ten games.

2008: Captured numerous team and league awards, including the Chivas USA Budweiser Golden Boot after scoring five goals and adding seven assists, as well as Chivas USA MVP honors. Was named to the MLS Best XI, as well as the All-Star Team, though he missed the match due to commitments with the Olympic Team.

 

2007: : In his second season with the Red-and-White, notched 13 assists, tied for second in MLS with Landon Donovan, just one behind Steve Ralston, and the most ever by a Chivas USA player. Helped the team to a first place finish in the Western Conference.

2006: Was a runner up in MLS Rookie of the Year voting (losing out to teammate Jonathan Bornstein) as he notched seven assists while playing in each of the team's 32 games (starting 31). Was second on the team in assists, and first among MLS Rookies.

International
Was a mainstay on the United States U-23 National Team through Olympic Qualifying, and was an important part of the team that traveled to China for the Beijing Games in August 2008, scoring two goals in the team’s three matches. Has also appeared in 21 matches for the full U.S. National Team (as of Jan. 12, 2010), and helped the team to its best-ever finish (second) in a FIFA tournament, the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. In 2008, Kljestan was in the squad for each of the U.S.’ World Cup Qualifiers. Also played on the U.S. U-20 National Team while at Seton Hall.

College

In 60 total matches at Seton Hall University under head coach Manfred Schellscheidt, Kljestan recorded 20 goals and 28 assists, and set the school record for most assists in a season in 2005. Picked up numerous awards in his four years on the team, including first team NSCAA All-American (2004), third team NSCAA All-American (2005), Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2005), and Seton Hall Freshman Male Athlete of the Year (2003).

 

Youth
Attended Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., where he scored 11 goals and added 11 assists in his senior year, earning first team All-Sunset League honors. Also played for the Region IV ODP team, and was the leading scorer for the Cal-South ODP team in the Regional and National Championships.

Personal
Parents are Slavko and Kim. His father immigrated the United States in 1980. Sacha's brother, Gordon, was a teammate of Sacha's at Seton Hall and is also a professional soccer player, having played for the New York Red Bulls. Also has a sister, Vanessa… Favorite movies include Training Day, Catch Me if You Can, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Listens to all kinds of music, from The Game to the Red Hot Chili Peppers… Is a fan of all sports; enjoys watching Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, and is a big Los Angeles Clippers fan… Favorite soccer memories are from the Olympics in 2008; walking in the opening ceremonies and scoring against Holland.

Honors
MLS Best XI (2008)
Chivas USA MVP (2008)
Chivas USA Budweiser Golden Boot (2008)
NCAA First Team All-American (2004)
NCAA Third Team All-American (2005)

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

Año Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC Apagado Y R
2010 Chivas USA 10 10 1 900 3 20 8 13 2 0 0
2009 Chivas USA 25 24 5 2041 3 48 23 33 2 7 0
2008 Chivas USA 22 21 5 1941 7 36 16 39 2 7 1
2007 Chivas USA 25 25 4 2186 13 40 21 45 2 5 0
2006 Chivas USA 32 31 0 2676 7 22 8 50 3 5 0
Career Totals 114 111 15 9744 33 166 76 180 11 24 1

2010 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Regular Season Chivas USA 10 10 1 900 3 20 8 13 2 0 0

2009 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Chivas USA 2 2 0 180 1 2 0 2 0 1 0
MLS Regular Season Chivas USA 25 24 5 2041 3 48 23 33 2 7 0

2008 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Chivas USA 2 2 1 180 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
MLS Regular Season Chivas USA 22 21 5 1941 7 36 16 39 2 7 1

2007 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Chivas USA 2 2 0 180 0 2 1 6 1 0 0
MLS Regular Season Chivas USA 25 25 4 2186 13 40 21 45 2 5 0

2006 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS G MIN A SHT SOG FC OFF Y R
MLS Playoffs Chivas USA 2 1 0 112 1 2 1 6 0 0 0
MLS Regular Season Chivas USA 32 31 0 2676 7 22 8 50 3 5 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, Apagado: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves

Regular Season Game Log

Fecha Match Result Appearance MINS G A SHT SOG FC FS Y R
6/5/2010 CHV @ NY L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/29/2010 CHV @ DC L 2-3 Started 90 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
5/22/2010 RSL @ CHV L 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/15/2010 CHV @ CLB L 0-1 Started 90 0 0 3 0 4 1 0 0
5/8/2010 HOU @ CHV L 2-0 Started 90 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0
5/5/2010 CHV @ NE W 4-0 Started 90 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0
5/1/2010 CHV @ CHI T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 3 3 1 3 0 0
4/24/2010 SJ @ CHV W 2-3 Started 90 1 0 3 1 1 1 0 0
4/17/2010 CHV @ HOU L 0-3 Started 90 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
4/10/2010 NY @ CHV W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0
4/1/2010 CHV @ LA L 0-2 Started 90 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0
3/26/2010 COL @ CHV L 1-0 Started 90 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, Apagado: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves