One of the players on the bubble ahead of Bob Bradley announcing his preliminary 30-man World Cup roster Tuesday was Chivas USA captain Sacha Kljestan.
Kljestan broke into the U.S. national team in 2008 and scored a hat-trick in January of 2009 in a friendly against Sweden. Since then, however, poor club form with the Goats saw his role diminish internationally.
Having edged into the 30-man roster, Kljestan is desperate to take advantage of the chance to fulfill his World Cup dream.
"There's a lot of work to do," the midfielder told reporters following training with Chivas USA Tuesday. "Obviously seven guys don't get to go. I want more than anything to be on that plane to South Africa. I'm going to go to New Jersey and try to prove myself to the coaching staff once again."
Leaving a disappointing 2009 season behind, Kljestan emerged in 2010 as the unequivocal leader, taking over the captaincy and main attacking role. The 24-year-old thinks his form this year is what earned him a chance to train with the rest of the national team in Princeton, N.J.
"I feel very good right now, I feel like I've been playing very consistently and I feel very confident," Kljestan said. "I'm at a good time in my career and there's not a better time than now to head to the World Cup."
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