One of Chivas USA's best-ever players, midfielder Sacha Kljestan, is returning to MLS.
The surprise? He's not coming to the LA Galaxy after all.
After the Galaxy apparently pursued Kljestan over the past two transfer windows, they've come up short a second time, despite making trades twice to try and move up the Allocation Order to land him. Instead, the New York Red Bulls, who made a trade of their own yesterday to land the top spot in the Allocation Order (the Galaxy made it up to #3), have acquired Kljestan via transfer from Belgian club Anderlecht. Kljestan joined that club in 2010 in a transfer from Chivas, and has won three league titles with the club. But he's had trouble staying in the lineup this season.
Kljestan tweeted a message on the move on twitter on Wednesday:
At the Red Bulls, Kljestan will be reunited with former CUSA teammate Jesse Marsch, who is of course now the head coach of the club, entering his first season there.
Of course, the Galaxy may still end up bringing a player back through the Allocation Order in the coming days/weeks/months, but until they grab a player it looks like they were pipped to the spot once again. And while on some level one can't entirely blame a Southern California native for coming to MLS to play near his hometown with CUSA and LAFC out of the picture for the time being, it would have been a huge bummer to see Kljestan play for the Galaxy, honestly. Frankly, I'm glad he went to another team.
Best of luck to him with the Red Bulls.
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