HOW ACQUIRED: Signed via allocation on January 28, 2015.
PRONUNCIATION: Sasha Klehst-chen
One of the best central midfielders in MLS has played as a true attacking center mid since returning to the league with New York. Has always had great creativity and passing ability putting up multiple double digit assist seasons. Can also play deeper as a box to box midfielder as he did with Anderlecht and the US national team.
- NewYorkRedBulls.com: Kljestan's BIO
- Paper Doll Sacha Kljestan
- New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan gives insight into how he reads, anticipates plays
OUTSIDE MLS: Played for Anderlecht in Belgium for 5 years logging over 150 appearances including 14 Champions League games. Ended his time there winning 3 league titles and 4 Belgian Cups.
COLLEGE: Spent three years at Seton Hall University where he was awarded one First Team All-American and one Third Team All-American honor. Kljestan was taken by Chivas USA with #5 pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft as a member of Generation Adidas.
INTERNATIONAL: 46 caps and 4 goals for the US national team including 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup preliminary roster. Scored 2 goals with the US U-23 team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
NOTES: 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.