The last 24 hours sure have been quite
uneventful and boring ridiculous and very “Red Bulls-like” for the New York Red Bulls and their fans, haven’t they?
There’s been the shocking firing of head coach Mike Petke, there’s been the surprise hiring of Jesse Marsch as Petke’s replacement, there’s been the Jozy Altidore-to-RBNY (or two other MLS teams) rumor reported by Taylor Twellman, and now we have the Red Bulls reportedly hot on the trail of another former MLS export and US national team (semi-)regular.
According to Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep, the Red Bulls are “in talks” with Anderlecht and sometimes-USMNT midfielder Sacha Kljestan about a return to MLS, the league in which Kljestan began his professional career as a member of now-defunct Chivas USA.
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Kljestan was a teammate of the new Red Bulls head coach during their shared time at Chivas USA. Marsch went on to become a USMNT assistant in 2010, a time in which Kljestan was regularly involved in the national team setup.
Kljestan nearly returned home last summer, to the LA Galaxy, but the proposed deal fell apart in the transfer window’s final days. The Southern California native re-upped on a new, three-year contract with Anderlecht in March 2013, meaning the Red Bulls and/or MLS would likely be on the hook for a decently-sized transfer fee.
The Red Bulls’ reported interest in Kljestan could also signify the end of Tim Cahill’s time with the club, which has long been speculated during and after a tumultuous 2014 season in which the $3.5-million-per-year Designated Player scored just two goals in the regular season.