Multiple sources confirmed
to ESPN FC's Jeffrey
that New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan
will be joining Orlando City in a multiple-player deal.
The Red Bulls will also send $150,000 in Targeted
Allocation Money to the Lions for young Colombian Carlos Rivas
and former U.S. U-20 defender Tommy Redding
. It is the second year in a row the Red Bulls have traded their captain. Dax
, also a midfielder, was sent to Chicago last season.
Orlando City gets ...
A replacement for Brazilian Kaka
who has retired after three seasons in the league. Red Bulls get ...
Rivas, a young but inconsistent attacker who can play
wide, where the Red Bulls need help, and Redding, who provides competition at center back. Why now?
The Red Bulls have
18-year-old Tyler Adams
, the top American teenager in MLS, ready to move into a more central role. Kljestan, who led MLS with 17 assists in 2017, is 32 and would have been out of contract after
the 2018 season.
Sources told Carlisle that Orlando City signed Kljestan, who will serve a two-match suspension to start the 2018 season, to a new, two-year contract.