With Kljestan (who will be inducted into the Seton Hall Sports Hall of Fame on June 11) at midfield for Anderlecht all season the Brussels club dominated the Jupiler League for much of the year. Following the conclusion of regular season action six clubs advanced to the Jupiler Pro League playoff.
Through eight of its 10 playoff matches Anderlecht now sits in first place with 49 points, seven points clear of second-place FC Brugge resulting in the league championship even though there are still two games left to play.
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In front of a crowd of 28,000 fans, it was Guillaume Gillet that converted a penalty for Anderlecht four minutes into injury time to secure the tie and clinch the league championship, the club's first since 2010.
Anderlecht has now qualified to compete in UEFA Champions League in 2012-13, but just how far they have advanced is still to be determined. If Bayern Munich defeats Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday, May 19, Anderlecht will qualify directly for the group phase.
However, should Chelsea capture the Champions League title, Anderlecht will face a final round of qualifying in order to solidify their position in the Group Phase.
Major League Soccer
Seton Hall graduates Jason Hernandez ('05) and Ian Joyce ('07) recently started their new seasons in Major League Soccer, Hernandez with the San Jose Earthquakes and Joyce with the Colorado Rapids.
Hernandez has already appeared in six games, making four starts, for the Earthquakes which have gotten off to a hot start posting a 7-2-1 record to lead the Western Conference. Hernandez made two appearances off the bench before making four-straight starts in the backfield for the Earthquakes who have given up just 11 goals all season. San Jose is 3-1 with Hernandez in the starting lineup so far this year.
Joyce has been a reserve goalkeeper for Colorado and has yet to see action in 2012.