Tuesday’s Column: Sending Out a Search Party for Sacha

The lack of form by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (below) has been one of the talking points of the season for Chivas USA. I took a look at the issue in today’s column.

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I had a few quotes left over that didn’t get in the column for space reasons.

Here’s Preki on what the club is doing to support him:

“We’re doing as a staff and the guys in the locker room whatever it takes to get him where he needs to be. Why is he not performing to the level he can? Honestly, that’s a question for him because I try to talk to him every day. The staff tries to talk to him, we try to encourage him to do good things.”

Here’s defender Jonny Bornstein on the reason for Kljestan’s sub-par performances:

“I don’t know. All those qualities are still there. Some of the bounces haven’t been going his way. I don’t know. It’s a tough question. It’s something that all players go through. I’ve gone through that myself. You’re playing pretty well and then all of a sudden you might get a little nick here, a little nick there and it’s kind of hindering you. Your confidence stops being so high and you stop playing as well.”

Finally, here’s Kljestan on his determination to win back his spot on the U.S. squad in time for next year’s World Cup in South Afrca:

“I’m motivated for sure. (U.S. Coach) Bob (Bradley) and I have always been honest with one another and when I wasn’t called up he went and talked to me and told me I wasn’t going to be going to Mexico. He said we both know I need to be on a confident level and consistent level of play that’s equal to the national team. So since then I’ve tried to refocus and regroup and (I’ve been) working with Preki a little bit extra and working with the staff and trying to get a few goals and trying to help the team win. So I think if we keep playing well and we keep winning I’ll hopefully be back on the team.”

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  • Studs Up

    “a tenacious offensive sparkplug and an exhilarating player to watch on his day” from your column.

    Get real Nick. The dude was out of control most of the time even on his best days. He is NOT an international caliber player. The reality check he got with the Celtic tryout confirmed that and probably destroyed his confidence.

    But the real reason he has lost his form is because of that awful haircut. The Sampson thing got him. I’m surprised you missed that.

  • http://www.prestonm.com/brewcity/juan_carlos_osorio.php Kingsnake

    I agree. Sacha used to have awesome soccer hair. Looked like a roadie for the Small Faces. Then it he cut it. WHAMMO! And he’s not the first to suffer than fate for shaving his locks. Let that be a lesson to all you kiddies …

  • dutchtwista

    Chivas’s lack of a competent striker is the reason for Sacha’s wackness.

    When Razov was healthy, he and Galindo kept defenses honest. They converted Sacha’s passes and that threat gave him room to operate as a scoring playmaker.

    now he’s exposed as a decent role player dependent on complementary players, not a dominating fantasista…