In a sport such as soccer, players stats mean a lot for fans and supporters since they translate their effectiveness on the pitch, and of course, their influence on winning a title.
Footballers like Romario, Beckham and Pelé are known not only because of their quality, but their beyond-average numbers in the beautiful game.
In this regard, Orlando City’s star signing Sacha Kljestan comes to The Lions as the top assister of the last season, which sets the bar really high for him and his influence on the team’s performance in the upcoming season.
In addition, as an ex New York Red Bull's player and captain, supporters expect that Kljestan becomes Orlando’s leader throughout the campaign and lead them to their first domestic title in MLS.
From now on, Kljestan will have a very difficult challenge in front of him at Orlando: make Lion’s fans forget about Kaká’s departure. Since the Brazilian left the squad, many people feel Orlando City won’t be up to the level of the league since other clubs as Atlanta United, Chicago Fire and New York City have international superstars of the likes as David Villa, Miguel Almirón and Bastian Schweinsteiger on their squads.
On the other hand, Kljestan will count this season with the new 19-year-old Paraguayan promise Josue Colmán, a young offensive midfielder that will provide dribbling and playmaking to Orlando City alongside the SuperDraft pick up Chris Mueller, a 19-year-old CAM that was -like Kljestan- top assister in his previous division.
Kljestan stats in MLS:
MLS 14/15 – New York Red Bull's
Games played: 33
Minutes played: 2837’
MLS 15/16 – New York Red Bull's
Minutes played: 2623’
MLS 16/17 – New York Red Bull's
Games played: 32
Minutes played: 2583’
Since he came back to MLS from the Jupiler Pro League -Belgium-, stats show how his passing skills are his main attribute and how consistent he is at making other players score. Nevertheless, he is capable of scoring multiples goals thanks to his well taken longshots.
In relation to playmaking, Klestan is known for his combinative game style, which might entertain but also provide positive results for Orlando City.
Also, despite his age, he manages to play and deliver well rounded performances for about almost 90 minutes per game, demonstrating a good physical condition and extraordinary stamina for a 32-year-old.
At the end, only time will tell how good he will do at Orlando City, but is sure that Sacha Kljestan will be a key player for the next season.