Sacha Kljestan is only part-way through his second season with the New York Red Bulls, but has already put his name among the club's all-time elite attacking players. He is in RBNY's all-time, all-competitions assist-making top 10. Last year, he delivered the joint-second best assist-making season in the club's history: tying Clint Mathis' 14-assist 2000 season, and falling just short of Thierry Henry's club-record 16-assist 2014.
Kljestan scores goals too. Indeed, he scored twice in his last game - the 2-2 tie with Philadelphia on July 17.
Those goals lifted Kljestan into a select group of players in the history of this twice-named team: those who have registered 40 or more combined goals and assists. Sacha is just the 14th player to reach the RBNY 40 club. Per MetroFanatic's statistics archive:
|Name||Games Played||Games Started||Minutes||Goals||Assists||Goals+Assists||Minutes/Goal or Assist|
|Juan Pablo Angel||112||109||9648||62||14||76||127|
Forty combined goals and assists is a modest career total for an attacking player, but for RBNY it is a significant milestone. And Kljestan is currently delivering an assist or goal every 130 minutes or so: consistent with the rate of what might be considered the second tier of the club's all-time attacking elite (Amado Guevara, Clint Mathis, and Juan Pablo Angel).
Only Giovanni Savarese, Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and Adolfo Valencia (the king of the Red Bulls' 40 club for his rate of a goal or assist every 102 minutes) have broken the 40-goals-or-assists mark by contributing to scoring at a significantly higher rate.
Congrats, Sacha! We won't bet against you pushing much higher up this list before your Red Bulls days are done.