Kljestan Named Chivas USA MVP & More

i-a4a9f98b420e8a0455738b3d32a36813-TS06-Chivas.SV-233.jpgChivas USA announced its 20088 season award winners today.

Midfielder Sacha Kljestan, 23, was named team MVP after his break-out season for club (and country). He’s tied for the team lead in goals and leads the team in assists.

Other award winners named by the club in a press release were:

Claudio Surez, Chivas USA’s Defender of the Year in 2006 and 2007, this year wins the Chivas Regal Award, for the player “who best represents the spirit of Chivas USA.” Surez is succeeded as Defender of the Year by the 2008 winner, defensive midfielder Paulo Nagamura. Los Alamitos native Jonathan Bornstein, in his third year with the club, was named U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year.

The trio will be recognized Saturday at the final home game of the regular season.

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