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U.S. Beats Sweden as Sacha Kljestan Stars

Saturday night in Los Angeles was the coming out party for midfielder Sacha Kljestan. His hat-trick lifted the U.S. to a 3-2 win over Sweden at the Home Depot Center.

Kljestan who plays for Chivas , was just back from a training stint with Scotland’s Glasgow Celtic, and become the first American to score his first three international goals in the same game in 75 years.

“Getting a hat trick is pretty exciting for me,” said Kljestan. “I’ve never scored more than one goal in a game as a professional, so it’s definitely exciting. I’m just as happy about the win and I’m glad we held on in the end. It was great to do it [score a hat trick] here at the Home Depot Center. I have a lot of friends and family that come and support me every game, so that was pretty cool to have them here.”

Overall this was a good performance from an MLS based US team. Sacha Kljestan obviously was impressive as was Brain Ching. Bob Bradley wanted to see some young players step up and I think some did.

Now it is on the opening match of the final round of FIFA qualifying against archrival on Feb. 11 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus.