Sacha Kljestan may move back to MLS and if he does, the midfielder would like to join the LA Galaxy, according to Belgian outlet La Meuse. The news comes as Kljestan wraps up a disappointing season at Anderlecht, where he has played less than ever, and he has just become a new father.
If Kljestan wants to be a Designated Player, he won't be able to join the Galaxy right now. LA already had three DP's in Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez, but it's possible that Gonzalez could be sold this summer, opening up a slot for Kljestan. Even if Gonzalez does leave, though, most people expect the Galaxy to use that vacant DP slot on a bigger name player.
Kljestan played for Chivas USA before leaving for Belgium and they are also in Los Angeles so they could also be a potential landing spot, but they also have three DP's on their roster in Erick Torres, Oswaldo Minda and Mauro Rosales. Barring any change with the Goats, that seemingly rules them out too.
It is possible that Kljestan comes over not as a DP. The market for returning players, especially internationals, is always fuzzy so it's tough to gauge whether he would be a DP or maybe Kljestan would take less money and not be a DP so he could pick where he plays.
And then there's the big question: will MLS let him choose where he plays. The league allows some players to almost pick their destination, but whether Kljestan is a big enough name to warrant that remains to be seen.
Toronto FC currently top the allocation order, followed by the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas. Of those three, only the Crew have an available DP slot so if Kljestan does sign a DP contract, if he does to anyone other than the Crew, it would almost certainly requiring a team to trade for the allocation spot to sign him.
Right now, this is speculation as a single outlet is reporting that the American is unhappy at Anderlecht and considering a move, but it makes sense. He isn't playing much so he could very well want out and as a new father, relocating home makes sense. His contract with Anderlecht doesn't expire until 2016, but it wouldn't be a stretch to imagine the club letting him leave for free to go to MLS and get out from his wages.
There are a lot of questions here, namely where Kljestan would go and what his stipulations for returning to MLS are (location and wages), but the league could be welcoming home another international soon.