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Sacha Kljestan joins New York Red Bulls' 40 goals and assists club

It may seem a modest total, but he's only the 14th player to reach it for RBNY.

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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
Thierry Henry 135 130 11510 52 49 101 114
Amado Guevara 117 114 10284 39 39 78 132
Juan Pablo Angel 112 109 9648 62 14 76 127
Bradley Wright-Phillips 109 99 8698 60 16 76 114.5
Clint Mathis 110 99 8839 45 26 71 124.5
Giovanni Savarese 96 69 6425 44 13 57 113
John Wolyniec 167 97 9231 36 18 54 171
Dane Richards 176 148 13413 23 30 53 253
Lloyd Sam 126 101 8630 24 26 50 173
Tab Ramos 131 122 10447 10 39 49 213
Adolfo Valencia 65 53 4785 29 18 47 102
Dax McCarty 188 180 16029 14 27 41 391
Mark Chung 98 90 8237 13 28 41 201
Sacha Kljestan 62 60 5180 14 26 40 130

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.