The New York Red Bulls have announced Sacha Kljestan is the new club captain, taking over the armband left behind by Dax McCarty. (Say what? You need a tissue? Can't have this one. Once A Metro needs it to dab tears falling on the keyboard.)
Captain Kljestan is ready to lead the team.
He has some big shoes to fill. RBNY's last two captains - Thierry Henry and Dax McCarty - each saw the team lift a trophy (the 2013 and 2015 Supporters' Shields) on their watch.
The 31-year-old Kljestan joined the Red Bulls in 2015, and is an established and important member of the current squad. Since returning to MLS and signing for RBNY, Kljestan has reinvented himself as a play-making attacking midfielder, after a long and successful stint playing a little deeper for Anderlecht. He has also made quick work of putting himself in the Red Bulls' record books: in 2015, he tied the club's all-time single-season record for regular-season assists; in 2016, he broke that record, setting a new all-time, all-competitions single-season assists record for RBNY in the process (20).
In just two seasons, he has risen to fourth on the Red Bulls' all-time, all-competitions assist-making list. Now his challenge is to lead the team toward the trophy it would like to keep winning (Supporters' Shield) and the ones it has never won; US Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, and - of course - MLS Cup.