A rangy and skillful midfielder, Sacha Kljestan’s effusive personality shines through in his play. His fourth career goal in February 2010 against El Salvador helped put him in the final mix for South Africa. A product of the U.S. youth national teams and a member of both the 2005 U.S. U-20 World Cup team and the 2008 Olympic team, he brings a different element to the expanding pool of U.S. midfielders. After four plus seasons at Chivas USA, he made the jump across the pond to defending Belgian league champion Anderlecht, where in 2011, he became a regular starter.
- Played in every game for the U.S. in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
- Part of the 30-man preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
- His hat trick against Sweden on Jan. 24, 2009, put him in unique company as only the second player to open his national team scoring account with a hat trick. The only other player to accomplish the feat was Aldo “Buff” Donelli, who tallied four goals in a 4-2 victory against Mexico on May 24, 1934
- Moved to Belgian league champion Anderlecht in the summer of 2010 and immediately started in Europa League qualifying matches