Sacha Kljestan will play for his second team in his native California. (Keith Furman/FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
LOS ANGELES – Sacha Kljestan is returning home.
The LA Galaxy announced Wednesday that the former Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan signed with the Major League Soccer team.
The Huntington Beach, Calif. native and a U.S. men’s national team veteran, has made 264 appearances and record 38 goals and 93 assists in MLS in addition to a career with Anderlecht in Belgium.
“Sacha is a talented veteran that will add depth and leadership to our midfield position,” Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said. “He is a local product that we believe will benefit us both on the field and in our locker room and we are excited to add his experience to our roster. We look forward to him joining our club.”
Kljestan, 34, played with Chivas USA (2006-2010), the Red Bulls (2015-2017) and Orlando City SC (2018-2019) across 10 seasons.
With the Red Bulls in 2016, Kljestan became the second MLS player to crack the 20-assist barrier.
He made 180 appearances for Anderlecht while scoring 25 goals and adding 21 assists across Jupiler Pro League, UEFA Champions League and Europa League competition. Kljestan helped lead his team to three league titles and four Belgian Cups.
Kljestan was selected by Chivas USA with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and played with the team from 2006-10. He scored 15 goals and added 33 assists in 114 appearances before transferring to Anderlecht.
The one-time Seton Hall standout represented the United States at the Under-20 and U-23 levels before making his senior international debut June 2, 2007. In all, Kljestan has six goals in 51 senior appearances for the U.S. and also represented the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Kljestan was an MLS All-Star in 2016 and was selected to the 2008 All-Star team, but chose to play in the Olympics instead. Kljestan was selected to the MLS Best XI in 2008 and 2016.