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Sacha Kljestan joins New York Red Bulls' 50 combined-goals-and-assists club

Sacha has hurried himself on to the list of RBNY's all-around attacking greats.

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Sacha Kljestan bagged a goal and an assist in the New York Red Bulls3-2 win over Philadelphia Union on October 1.

The goal was his ninth in all competitions for RBNY this season (sixth in MLS). The assist was his 17th of the season (all competitions; all in MLS, as it happens).

The latter is the second-best, all-competitions, single-season assists total in RBNY history. Kljestan broke out of a three-way tie (with Clint Mathis and his own achievement in 2015) to stand alone, behind only Thierry Henry's 19-assists 2014 campaign.

And if MLS regular-season stats are all you care about, Kljestan's assists-totals are even more remarkable. He has played for RBNY for two seasons. In 2015, he tied the club's all-time, regular-season, single-season assists mark (14 - shared with Eduardo Hurtado and Henry). In 2016, he has broken it. Back-to-back club records for single-season assists in the league is quite an achievement.

He stands fourth on the club's all-time, all-competitions assists list, one of only five players in RBNY (and MetroStars) history to tally 30 or more assists for the team in a career.

His goal-scoring record isn't shabby either: he has 18 so far in his RBNY career, and that puts him 15th on the club's all-time, all-competitions scoring list. Kljestan has scored more goals for this team than Joel Lindpere, Tim Cahill, and Jozy Altidore - to name just a few.

He is, without doubt, one of the elite attacking players of the team's history. And one measure of that elite status is the group he joined with his goal against Philly on October 1: the group of players who have contributed 50 combined goals and assists to the RBNY/MetroStars cause.

There have only been 10 players in club history (so far - Dax McCarty isn't far away from joining the group) who have registered a career total of 50 combined goals and assists with the first team.


Name Games Played Games Started Minutes Goals Assists Goals+Assists
Thierry Henry 135 130 11510 52 49 101
Bradley Wright-Phillips 122 111 9721 72 17 89
Amado Guevara 117 114 10284 39 39 78
Juan Pablo Angel 112 109 9648 62 14 76
Clint Mathis 110 99 8839 45 26 71
Giovanni Savarese 96 69 6425 44 13 57
John Wolyniec 167 97 9231 36 18 54
Dane Richards 176 148 13413 23 30 53
Sacha Kljestan 75 70 6137 18 33 51
Lloyd Sam 126 101 8630 24 26 50

Congrats, Sacha! See you at the next milestone.