The MLS summer transfer window closed on Wednesday night, and while the pieces fell together in the appearance that Kljestan was joining the Goats' local rivals, the player himself took to Twitter early Thursday to clarify the situation:
Contrary to some reports, I have not signed for LA Galaxy and I am still an Anderlecht player. Thanks for the continued support!— Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan) August 7, 2014
After enjoying considerable success in Belgium with Anderlecht, Kljestan has plummeted down the pecking order this year, and with the season getting underway over there, it appeared he was out the door.
Reports linked Kljestan to the Galaxy back in May, and although speculation quieted down for a while, it came roaring back in recent days.
The Galaxy had a press conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon, and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena admitted the team had a signing nearly wrapped up but "forces in the league" blocked it from happening.
The likely scenario is that the Galaxy did try to get Kljestan. Since the U.S. international was not going to be a Designated Player, because the Galaxy have 3 DPs at the moment, he needed to go through the Allocation Order, with the Galaxy holding the 3rd spot. Although it's unclear what the team sitting in second, FC Dallas, would have to do with the situation, the team at the top of the Allocation Order, the Columbus Crew, tried to sign another U.S. international, Mix Diskerud, before that deal fell apart on Wednesday. And that deal falling through likely meant Columbus would have tried to block the Galaxy's signing of Kljestan, and so that was that.
So don't be surprised if this does happen eventually...it does not appear that Kljestan was rejecting the Galaxy's advances.
Meanwhile, the press conference the Galaxy announced? Oh, it just turned out to be about Landon Donovan's impending retirement, no big deal.
Wait, that is pretty big news. Despite playing for the Galaxy for so many years, Donovan's been a great player for club and country and a good ambassador for soccer in the United States. We'll take a moment out of our CUSA-centric perspective to congratulate Donovan on his successful career and wish him the best following his retirement.
Now you know what you gotta do, Chivas USA -- beat Donovan in his last meeting against the Goats on August 31!
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