Since re-joining MLS in 2015, Sacha Kljestan has consistently found himself among the top playmakers in the league. Sitting tied for 2nd in assists with 3 already, 2017 will likely be no different. Sacha’s fantastic playmaking abilities and chance creation, capped off by his assist to give his Red Bulls the victory on Saturday afternoon have earned him Offensive Player of the Week honours.
As the struggling Red Bulls took on D.C. United in the first installment of the Atlantic Cup, it was Kljestan who was the catalyst for the home side. Having scored just once in their previous 3 games, it was only a matter of time. With Sacha pulling the strings in the midfield, the Red Bulls were propelled to a 2-0 victory. Kljestan was omnipresent on the pitch, registering 95 touches while putting on a master class of distribution by creating 8 chances including setting up Alex Muyl with a perfectly struck set piece to open the scoring in the 46th minute. The Red Bulls were able to cruise to victory against their bitter rivals and It’s as difficult to imagine a successful Red Bulls side without their #16 as it is beating them when their captain is in this kind of form.
It’s in the fabled Cascadia Cup rivalry where we find our Defensive Player of the Week; a hard as nails Costa Rican defender that has helped the Vancouver Whitecaps shore up their backline and make them among the stingiest in the league. I’m talking of course of Kendall Waston. His 2 tackles, 2 interceptions, 12 clearances, 2 defensive blocks, were enough to stave off a desperate Seattle side and he pitched in on the other half as well tallying a game winning assist late in the second half earning the Whitecaps a vital victory against the defending champs and our Defensive Player of the Week honours as well.