Sources: Sacha Kljestan to sign with LA Galaxy
Former U.S. international midfielder Sacha Kljestan is set to sign with the LA Galaxy, league sources confirmed to ESPN.
The LA Times’ Kevin Baxter was the first to report the news. An announcement is expected later on Monday.
Kljestan, 34, was a free agent after his contract with Orlando City had expired, following a campaign in which he recorded one goal and three assists in 23 league appearances. He is expected to provide midfield depth for a Galaxy side that already features the likes of Jonathan dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget, Joe Corona and Perry Kitchen. Kljestan’s brother, Gordon, currently serves as the team’s director of soccer operations.
The Huntington Beach native began his professional career in 2006 with LA-based Chivas USA before moving to Belgium with Anderlecht halfway through the 2010 season. He went on to make 180 league and cup appearances with the Purple & White, scoring 25 goals. Along the way he was part of teams that claimed three Belgian Pro League titles as well as four Belgian Super Cups. He also had the distinction of being the rare American to have played in the UEFA Champions League.
Kljestan returned to MLS prior to the 2015 campaign, leading the New York Red Bulls to the Supporters’ Shield that year and was named to the MLS Best XI the following season.
Kljestan was traded to Orlando City prior to the 2018 campaign, but he was unable to lift the Lions’ fortunes. All told, his time in MLS has seen him make 308 league and cup appearances with 47 goals. He added 97 assists in league and postseason play.
At international level, Kljestan made 52 appearances for the U.S., scoring six goals. At youth level, Kljestan was part of squad that took part in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the U-23 team that played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.