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MLS stars begin endorsing USSF candidates ahead of election

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Several of Major League Soccer’s top players are voicing their opinions about the next U.S. Soccer presidential election.

There has been an overwhelming amount of support as of late for two candidates in particular though; former Fox Sports analyst Eric Wynalda and on-leave NBC Sports pundit Kyle Martino.

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Both Wynalda and Martino are former players, who are currently in the field of eight candidates that will go toe-to-toe in February’s election.

The other candidates are former SUM president Kathy Carter, former players Paul Caligiuri and Hope Solo, USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro and lawyers Steve Gans and Michael Winograd.

Here’s what some of MLS’ biggest stars have had to say about their endorsements ahead of next month’s USSF election.

Orlando City confirms trade with Red Bulls for Kljestan

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Orlando City has found its new playmaker.

After reports of a deal on Tuesday, Orlando City confirmed on Wednesday that it has acquired veteran attacking midfielder Sacha Kljestan and $150,000 in target allocation money from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for Carlos Rivas and Tommy Redding.

In the press release from OCSC, Kljestan was not referred to as a Designated Player, perhaps hinting that the club used some TAM to pay down his contract.

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“We are thrilled to bring Sacha to Orlando,” Lions general manager Niki Budalic said in a statement. “His ability to see the field and make the final pass will be huge assets for us. But more than that – he’s a winner. He’s won everywhere he’s gone, and we look forward to that continuing here.”

Kljestan has proved to be the best assist-man in the league since returning to MLS in 2015, recording 51 dimes in 97 matches for the Red Bulls.

It’s a big loss for the Red Bulls as they lose their captain for the second-straight year, and while they bring in Rivas and Redding, both have yet to impress at this level. But at Kljestan’s age of 32, the Red Bulls may have wanted to cash in on the veteran while his value is still high.

Report: Kljestan off to Orlando City for Redding, Rivas

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The New York Red Bulls are at it again, sending a fan favorite and arguable Team MVP packing to a conference rival in the offseason.

A year after sending Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire, RBNY has shipped Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City SC.

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In exchange for Kljestan and $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, the Red Bulls will get promising defender Tommy Redding (20) and attacker Carlos Rivas (23).

The 52-times capped Kljestan finishes his tenure in New York with 22 goals and 37 assists in 121 matches. He is banned for the first two matches of the MLS season.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle:

Sources confirmed that Kljestan signed a new, two-year contract with Orlando, though it is unclear at present if he will remain a designated player or if his salary will be bought down with TAM

The Red Bulls dropped to sixth in the East but finished five points ahead of their closest playoff competitor, as close to the third seed as missing the playoffs. That’s a five spot and seven-point drop from 2016.

Orlando has flipped the script big time since the end of the season, with Kaka retiring and Cyle Larin preparing to sign with a European club.

The Lions have added NASL star Stefano Pinho, NYCFC’s RJ Allen, the Galaxy’s Jose Villarreal, and Partizan Belgrade’s Mohamed El-Munir.

Red Bulls’ Kljestan now suspended 2 games for tunnel brawl

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NEW YORK (AP) New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan has been suspended an additional game and fined for his actions during a fight with Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore in a stadium tunnel during a playoff match.

Major League Soccer announced the additional suspension for Kljestan on Friday. The league said the decision followed “a thorough internal investigation.”

MLS says the additional game was added to Kljestan’s suspension “as a result of an interaction with stadium security personnel” during the halftime tunnel brawl.

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He will serve what is now a two-game suspension at the beginning of next season. His fine was increased by an undisclosed amount.

Altidore and Kljestan both got red cards after the fight, and Altidore served his one-game suspension during Toronto’s next playoff game. Toronto went on to win the MLS Cup, with Altidore scoring the first goal in the title game.

After the clash, each player accused the other of being the aggressor. Altidore said video backed up his account of the incident.

Both teams and Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch were also fined.

MLS Reports: Red Bulls on verge of Argentine signing, and more

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The New York Red Bulls are in the market for a new playmaker, and it appears they’ve found from South America.

The Red Bulls are on the verge of signing Alejandro “El Kaku” Romero Gamarra, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder for Argentine side Huracan, for a $7 million transfer fee according to a report from TYC. The Argentine native played three times for the Argentina Under-20 Men’s National Team at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup and has played in Huracan’s first team since 2013.

All that’s remaining is for El Kaku to sign personal terms with the Red Bulls. The Red Bulls reportedly beat out Cruz Azul for the transfer of the Romero.

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If Romero signs for the Red Bulls, he’d replace Sacha Kljestan and countryman Gonzalo Veron, who was selected by D.C. United in the MLS Re-Entry Draft this week, and be following in the footsteps of MLS MVP and fellow Buenos Aires native Diego Valeri to MLS, albeit without European experience beforehand.

Here are some more reports, news and notes from around MLS: