Before the New York Red Bulls allowed their match against D.C. United to follow the same path to a frustrating draw that just about every road game they play follows these days, there were at least a couple of moments to celebrate.
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 66th goal in all competitions for RBNY (60th in MLS regular season games), to extend his all-time club scoring record:
BWP gives RBNY a 1-0 lead! pic.twitter.com/ftw1kuP6DQ— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) August 21, 2016
And Felipe scored his fifth of the season:
Goal! Felipe makes it 2-0 RBNY!!! pic.twitter.com/ZjRcZCXswh— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) August 21, 2016
And that goal saw assists credited to BWP and Sacha Kljestan. In Kljestan's case, it was his 15th of the season: a new RBNY all-time, single-season record for assists in MLS regular season matches.
And then the assists went away.
But they came back!
The assists for BWP and Kljestan on Felipe's goal have been reinstated. Kljestan with a club record 15 assists in a season.— Ben Baer (@BenBaer89) August 22, 2016
So Sacha Kljestan is the new all-time, single-season league assists record-holder for RBNY. For now. Perhaps, forever.
He breaks one of the longer-standing records on RBNY's books. It was set in 1998 by Eduardo Hurtado. It has been matched three times in the last three seasons: by Thierry Henry in 2014; by Kljestan in 2015; and by Kljestan again this year, on his way to setting the new record.
The Red Bulls' playmaker now has decent shot at Henry's all-time, all-competitions, single-season assists record for the club. In 2014, Thierry Henry picked up 19 assists, comfortably breaking the previous club single-season record: 16, set by Clint Mathis in 2000 (and equaled by Kljestan in 2015).
Kljestan is now fourth on the club's career all-time, all-competition assists list. He is one of just five players to reach the 30-assists milestone for RBNY, per MetroFanatic's impeccable archive of club statistics.
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Congrats, Sacha. See you at the next milestone.