Half Time: U.S.-Sweden

Sacha Kljestan hopes Glasgow Celtic watched his first half performance.

The Chivas USA midfielder, who just returned from training with the Scottish powerhouse, scored with a 35-yard blast of a free kick in the 17th minute and followed up with a 40th minute penalty kick after defender Marvell Wynne was brought down by Swedish defender Adam Johansson.

It was his first two goals for the senior team – the first time that’s happened in one game since August 1988 when Frank Klopas grabbed a pair for the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica – and the first in particular was a sight to behold, soaring unstoppably into the top right hand corner.

The U.S. handled the meek Swedes easily, holding them to just one shot on target.

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