New York Red Bulls Sign Sacha Kljestan


Sacha Kljestan became the fourth US international to sign with MLS this offseason. The New York Red Bulls were able to get Kljestan’s services after moving up to the number one allocation ranking spot after a trade with the Montreal Impact. Because Kljestan is a returning US international his destination was determined by the MLS Allocation Rankings.

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  • The Red Bulls traded Eric Alexander, Ambroise Oyongo and an international spot to the Impact for Felipe and the number one spot in the allocation rankings. Kljestan was still under contract with Belgian side Anderlecht through the end of the 2015-’16 European season, but the Red Bulls were able to come to terms with the club on a transfer deal.

    Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis had this to say:

    "“This was an extremely complicated transaction that we worked on over the last few weeks. 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.”"

    In the end, it turned out to be a good trade for the Red Bulls as they were able to acquire Kljestan. The club needed to make a big splash after the debacle that it was when the club fired former head coach Mike Petke just three weeks ago. Thierry Henry is no longer with the team as he has decided to retire and begin a career in broadcasting. The status of Tim Cahill is still up in the air as well. It’s almost as if the club is starting from scratch once again.

    Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch had this to say about Kljestan:

    "“Sacha is a great player with tremendous experience. We feel that he is a great addition to our roster. He fits into the style of soccer that we want to play, but more importantly he is a man with tremendous character. We are excited to add him to the club and feel that his presence will pay dividends both on the field and in the locker room.”"

    Kljestan will be a valuable asset to the Red Bulls because he can be a box to box midfielder or he can join in on the attack. He will join a midfield that has veteran Dax McCarthy and the recently acquired Felipe.

    He previously played in MLS from 2006-2010 with the now defunct Chivas USA. He appeared in 114 matches for Chivas scoring 15 goals. While at Anderlecht, Kljestan scored 18 goals in 131 appearances. Some could argue that he is returning to MLS still in his prime as he won’t turn 30 until September 9th of this coming season.

    This won’t completely make the Red Bulls supporters happy and content but it begins a long process of rebuilding that trust with them.


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