New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan and striker Bradley Wright-Phillips were named to Major League Soccer's Best XI for 2016. The team was selected by a combination of players, club executives, and media members.
Both players were previously named to the Best XI, Kljestan in 2008 and Wright-Phillips in 2014. The Red Bulls are one of three teams with multiple players on the squad, along with FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy.
Kljestan had 20 assists this season, the second highest single season total in league history. He also scored six goals, while leading the Red Bulls to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference. In addition to serving as the focal point of the attack, he's active on defense as the advanced destroyer in the high press. Kljestan's success at the club level earned him a return to the U.S. national team after not being called up for two years.
Wright-Phillips also had another productive year. He earned his second Golden Boot, scoring 24 goals. His 68 goals from 2014 through 2016 is also the league record for most in a three-year span. Wright-Phillips' production this season is made even more impressive by the fact that he started the season on a seven-match scoring drought. The Red Bulls went 10-0-6 when he scored.
Kljestan and Wright-Phillips are finalists for the league's Most Valuable Player award along with New York City FC striker David Villa. According to Hudson River Blue, Villa will be named the winner tomorrow.