This past Sunday the New York Red Bulls clinched the Eastern Conference Regular Season as they have the top spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs as well as reclaiming their spot in the 2017-18 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. But two other moments happened for the club as Bradley Wright-Phillips won the league golden boot and at the time we all thought Sacha Kljestan became the second MLS player to earn 20 assists.
But as the final whistle blew at Talon Energy Stadium to signal the end of the 2016 MLS regular season, a quick look at the box score saw Alex Muyl the goal scorer in the 2nd half earned his second of the season and third in all competitions unassisted. How could this be?
Well on the replay of the goal Dax McCarty who was deep inside the Union area, backheeled the ball to Kljestan and a quick pass across the area got to Muyl and he scored. But a close up angle saw the ball deflect off the legs of Richie Marquez and then headed toward Muyl, so that was the reason for the historical assist for Sacha to be wiped out.
But on Tuesday, October 25th at 2:16PM Major League Soccer decided to change their minds and saw that this cross by Kljestan was going across the area and while it did deflect off the defender the main purpose was to find a teammate on the other side of the area either Bradley Wright-Phillips or Alex Muyl and it was Muyl who converted the tally.
Sacha Kljestan is officially the second player in MLS history to have a season with twenty or more assists, but he is six shy of the former Colombian International Playmaker in Carlos Valderrama as he assisted twenty-six times in the 2000 season as a member of the defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny.
So finally Kljestan can now properly celebrate his season with twenty assists and joins Valderrama in the twenty assist club and he can learn which eastern conference opponent the Red Bulls will take on after these wild card games will be played, but right now a wrong has been righted and Kljestan deserves his praise.