Sacha Kljestan (right) has not exactly been overwhelming with the Red Bulls this season. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
When the summer transfer window opens in July, the Red Bulls definitely will be in the market for a center back and a midfielder.
In fact, they have a few candidates in mind already, according to Kristian Dyer of www.MSGNetworks.com.
Dyer reported that Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch and sporting director Denis Hamlett want to improve the team.
According to sources, the team has identified three center backs, of which one will sign with the team. The players’ ages range from 21 to 25, Dyer reported.
“It certainly fits the mold from what we’ve seen from Red Bulls’ purchases in recent years,” Dyer told Tina Cervasio on the Red Bulls’ pregame show Friday night.
The Red Bulls are also looking to bring another attacking player on board because Marsch wasn’t happy with the team’s depth there, Dyer said. One possibility, he said was a central midfielder.
Where that would leave captain Sacha Kljestan would be anyone’s guess.
Kljestan became only the second player in Major League Soccer history to register 20 assists in a season in 2016, which earned him a call-up to the U.S. national team under two coaches — Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena.
However, Kljestan’s play has not come anywhere near of his performance from last season, which could mean a new role for him on the team if the Red Bulls acquire the man they want.
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