Sacha Kljestan could be dishing out assists in LA in 2018. (Keith Furman/FrontRowSoccer.com)
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan could be having a reunion with his former Chivas USA coach Bob Bradley in LA.
The Red Bulls are closing in on a deal to send the team’s captain to the Los Angeles Football Club, Kristian Dyer of Metro New York reported Tuesday night.
Bradley, who directed Chivas in 2006, is LAFC head coach.
If the deal is consummated, it would be the second time within this calendar year that the Red Bulls traded their captain. They dealt Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in allocation money in January.
According to Dyer’s story, the Red Bulls would receive more than they obtained from Chicago, if the deal went through.
Kljestan, who hails from Huntington Beach, Calif., enjoyed a career MLS season in 2016, becoming only the second player in league history to reach 20 assists in a season; he finished with 20.
Despite accruing a league-best 17 assists this past season, the 32-year-old Kljestan struggled throughout most of the year until he found his game later on in the campaign.
If the trade is made, it could signal an overhaul of the Red Bulls by head coach Jesse Marsch and sporting director Denis Hamlett.
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