Five Thoughts On The New York Soccer Weekend

SO SACHA STINKS? RIGHT …

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

When one thinks about the prototypical creative number ten, images of Maradona and Riquelme dance and weave about your mind. That’s understandable.

In the case of Red Bull fans, they may look towards their last great playmaker, Amado Guevara, as the shining example of such a player.

Sacha Kljestan isn’t your conventional attacking midfielder. He is a step slower than a Maradona or Guevara. He is more deliberate in style than he is explosive in flare.

But a league leading six assists and a pair of game-winning-goals can’t be wrong.

No, Kljestan will never tango his way through a defense and pirouette past markers en route to fabulous, highlight reel goals. Then again, he doesn’t have to. After spending much of his career as a defensive midfielder, Kljestan has re-found the creative touch that made him so lethal in his college career. His passing game is fluid and intelligent. His positioning is perfect. And his understanding within the Red Bulls system means he will never shoulder the club in an effort to carry the entire team past the finishing line — a key personality fault in many number ten’s worldwide.

He isn’t the prettiest, most explosive and creative playmaker in the league — and he doesn’t have to be. Kljestan is more than content in being the smartest creator of them all — and I am sure the Red Bulls feel the same way.

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