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Kljestan sits as Anderlecht wins third title in a row
May 18th, 2014 4:37PM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] Sacha Kljestan watched from the bench as Anderlecht won its third straight Belgian league title with a 3-1 win over Lokeren on the final day of the playoffs.

Kljestan started the first game of the 10-game playoff series, came on as a sub in the second game and watched the rest of the way as Anderlecht, third in the regular season 10 points behind Standard Liege, ran off a string of five straight wins to win the playoffs by two points over Standard. (The points from the regular season are halved and carried over to the playoffs.)

Kljestan’s eight goals were the most in his four seasons in Belgium, though his 23 appearances were the fewest. Reports have linked Kljestan, whose contract with Anderlecht was extended through 2015-16, to a move to MLS.

Aron Johannsson
was the last player called into the U.S. national team training camp to finish his season when Dutch club AZ dropped a 3-0 decision to Groningen in the second leg of their Europa League playoff series on Sunday.

SATURDAY. Jermaine Jones' Besiktas settled for third place in Turkey's Super Lig when it was held to a 1-1 tie with Genclerbirligi. A win would not have been enough to claim a berth in next season's UEFA Champions League qualifying round as Galatasaray won to clinch second place.

Leading Scorers (2013-14):
26 Aron Johannsson (AZ)
20 Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna)
9 Sacha Kljestan
(Anderlecht)
(Goals in all club competitions.)

U.S. World Cup Contenders:
GOALKEEPERS:
Season ended:
Cory Cropper, Southampton (England)
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England)
Tim Howard, Everton (England)

DEFENDERS:
Season ended:
DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla (Mexico)
John Brooks, Hertha Berlin (Germany)
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England)
Edgar Castillo, Tijuana (Mexico)
Timmy Chandler, Nuremberg (Germany)
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England D2)
Oguchi Onyewu, Sheffield Wed. (England D2)
Michael Orozco, Puebla (Mexico)
Will Packwood, Birmingham City (England D2)
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England D2)
Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City (England D2)

MIDFIELDERS:
Saturday:
Alejandro Bedoya (with U.S. national team), Nantes (France), 0-0 at Bastia
Jermaine Jones (90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Besiktas (Turkey), 1-1 vs. Genclerbirligi
Mikkel Diskerud (with U.S. national team, Rosenborg (Norway), 1-3 at Stabaek
Josh Gatt (did not dress-injured), Molde (Norway), 2-1 at Lillestrom
Sunday:
Sacha Kljestan (on bench), Anderlecht (Belgium), 3-1 vs. Lokeren
Season ended:
Joe Corona, Tijuana (Mexico)
Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers (England D2)
Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim (Germany)
Alfredo Morales, FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2)
Brek Shea, Stoke City (England)
Jose Torres, Tigres (Mexico)
Danny Williams, Reading (England D2)

FORWARDS:
Sunday:
Aron Johannsson
(90 minutes), AZ (Netherlands) 0-3 at Groningen
Season ended:
Juan Agudelo, FC Utrecht (Netherlands)
Jozy Altidore, Sunderland (England)
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria)
Herculez Gomez, Tijuana (Mexico)
Julian Green, Bayern Munich II (Germany)
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich (Germany D2)


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