Sacha Kljestan is officially an MLS player again. After a year of rumors, negotiations and near-deals, Kljestan has finally re-joined the league and signed with the New York Red Bulls.
The Red Bulls traded Ambroise Oyongo, Eric Alexander, an international spot and allocation money to the Montreal Impact for Felipe Martins and the No. 1 spot in the allocation order. Then they used that spot in the allocation order to sign Kljestan.
This is a huge move for Kljestan, who had been longing to get out of Anderlecht. While they're a perfectly good club, they had a lot of incredibly young and talented midfielders who pushed Kljestan to the bench. Toss in an apparent desire to move back to the U.S. and play in either his hometown of Los Angeles or near his college town of New York -- not to mention that his wife is a model so both of those cities help with her career -- and getting back to MLS was big for the midfielder.
Now Kljestan will be somewhere he is going to start and play regularly. While it's a bit of a longshot that the 29-year-old puts himself back in the United States national team picture, it can still happen, but that requires regular playing time. He should get that now.