Player Details

Name

Sacha Bryan Kljestan

Height

6' 1"

Weight

150 lbs

Date of Birth

9.9.1985 (36)

Birthplace

Huntington Beach, CA USA

Position

Midfielder

Position Detail

Central Midfielder

Preferred Side

Centre

Footedness

Both

Roster Category

Senior
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season

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Career Summary

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on December 11, 2019

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.

OUTSIDE MLS: Played for Anderlecht in Belgium for 5 years, logging more than 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 the No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft as a member of Generation adidas.

INTERNATIONAL: His 52 caps and six goals for the US national team including 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup preliminary roster. Scored twice 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 was also a professional soccer player, having played for the New York Red Bulls.

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