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Kljestan connects on free-kick blast
by Paul Kennedy, February 5th, 2012 7:52PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, belgium, video


[AMERICANS ABROAD] Sacha Kljestan continues to make a case for inclusion in the U.S. national team, scoring on a free kick from almost 30 yards to put Anderlecht ahead in its 4-2 win over Genk in Belgium's Jupiler League. For video of the goal ...

His shot from straightaway dipped and then bounced in front of the goal before going in past keeper Logan Bailly to put Anderlecht ahead 2-1.

It was Kljestan's third goal in 30 games in all competitions this season for Anderlecht, which leads second-place Gent by seven points.

Kljestan goal (starting at 2:07):

  1. Mike in SoCal
    commented on: February 6, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.
    Perfect placement on that Kljestan free kick. Notice kids, he didn't try to overpower the kick, it was controlled but well struck.
  1. David Huff
    commented on: February 6, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.
    I am glad to see that Sascha has prospered with a good team in Europe since he left Chivas USA. It's too bad that Landon Donovan is not given a similar chance to stay in Europe on a long-term basis.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: February 6, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.
    With respect, if Landon wanted to stay in Europe on a long term basis, he could. MLS is not holding him hostage. Donovan is the only US player who can command a salary here as large as the one he could get in Europe. Given that, he prefers to play here and go to Europe on loan during the off season. You can disagree with his his thinking; it's a free country, but don't make it sound like he's trying to get to Europe and being held back against his will.
  1. David Huff
    commented on: February 6, 2012 at 5:16 p.m.
    @ Albert, I guess my comments recall the time of his first loan stint with Everton where Donovan reportedly wanted to stay longer but MLS was not cooperative. Shortly thereafter Donovan signed a new lucrative deal with MLS and so I guess any hope of him going abroad on a long-term basis dissipated. As purely a fan, I would prefer to see what Donovan could have done in one of the top leagues (I'm spoiled as it is with Dempsey playing for Fulham).

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