After trading away two key players and a heap of allocation money to Montreal in order to go top of the Allocation Ranking on Tuesday, the New York Red Bulls have finally landed their man.
U.S. international midfielder Sacha Kljestan has returned to Major League Soccer after signing with New York on Wednesday.
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The Californian native has played for RSC Anderlecht since 2010 and Kljestan, 29, played 179 times scored 25 goals during his time in the Belgian capital as well as racking up plenty of experience in the UEFA Champions League.
Kljestan will now link up with former Chivas USA teammate Jesse Marsch, who is the new head coach of the New York Red Bulls, and is the latest in a long-line of USMNT players to move back to MLS from Europe.
New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis had the following to say about a complex deal to land the creative midfielder.
“This was an extremely complicated transaction that we worked on over the last few weeks,” Curtis said. “There were multiple variables that needed to be managed during the process. Ultimately, we were able to reach a point where we could bring Sacha aboard. I am elated to have Sacha join the club. We are confident that he will have a positive impact on the field, in the community, and with our fans.”
With Kljestan now on board, he follows Jozy Altidore, Mix Diskerud and Brek Shea across the Atlantic Ocean this offseason as U.S. national teamers continues to swap Europe for MLS. This is the second such wave after Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu arrived back in MLS in the past 18 months.
Marsch is likely to build his team around Kljestan, with the composed playmaker ready to be the leading role for the Red Bulls. Here’s our own Nick Mendola to give you the scoop on why RBNY worked so hard to get Kljestan on board.