Report: Sacha Kljestan, MLS's assist leader, headed to Orlando City

Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN FC's Jeffrey Carlisle 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 McCarty, 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.
1 comment about "Report: Sacha Kljestan, MLS's assist leader, headed to Orlando City".
  1. beautiful game, January 7, 2018 at 8:13 p.m.

    Rivas brings nothing to the table. There are plenty of American players not in the MLS who would contribute more. Red Bull management is clueless.

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