Twelve years after meeting him in the hospital, Sacha Kljestan swaps jerseys with a young MLS player


Passed by Anderlecht between 2010 and 2015, the American Sacha Kljestan still plays in MLS. The 36-year-old midfielder was also talked about this Sunday, and in a very nice way.

As he beat Charlotte FC with his club Los Angeles Galaxy by the smallest gap, the former mauve exchanged his jersey with the young Chris Hegardt. A premeditated gesture by the two men, who have a touching common past.

Back in 2010. The former American international is about to leave Chivas to start a new chapter in his career at Sporting. But before joining the Old Continent, Kljestan goes to the children’s hospital in Los Angeles. It was then that he met a certain Chris, eight years old and suffering from cancer. Touched, the footballer offers him his jersey.

The man then arrived in Brussels to experience five successful years at Sporting: three Belgian champion titles and four Supercups. All this before returning home in 2015.

For his part, young Chris wins his battle against illness and has only one dream in mind: to become a professional footballer. A dream come true this season in the colors of Charlotte FC.

A beautiful course of life, followed closely by the former purple, who had also not hesitated to tell their little story on Twitter, a few hours before the match. « In 2010, my wife and I visited this young man at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Today I bumped into his parents in the lobby of our hotel in Charlotte. His name is Chris Hegardt and he just started in midfield for Charlotte. I gave him my jersey when we first met, I hope he will give me his tomorrow after the game! »

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