ANDERLECHT CLOSE TO KLJESTAN SIGNING
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Monday, June 7, 2010
Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan appears to be the latest yank heading across the Atlantic as he closes in on a deal with Belgian club Anderlecht.

Since joining Chivas USA in 2006, Kljestan has starred for the MLS franchise appearing in over 100 matches.

Kljestan's play while with the southern Californian club also garnered the attention of US national team coach Bob Bradley who selected the former Seton Hall standout to his 30 man provisional roster for this month's World Cup.

The attacker featured in the friendly match versus the Czech Republic but was not selected to the final 23 man roster.

The apparent move to Belgium is not the first time that the Californian has garnered attention from a European club. In January of 2009 Scottish club Celtic made an attempt to sign the midfielder but MLS rejected the bid put forth by the SPL club.

Although nothing has been made official, the Jupiler League champions admit they have had their eye on Kljestan and hope to be announcing his addition to the squad soon.

"We have not signed him yet," confirmed Anderlecht Press Officer David Steegen to YA. "We will announce it when we do. The general manager isn't here right now so we can't sign anybody [without him]. Sacha's been on our list for years now and is a player we admire."

Kljestan did not take part in Chivas USA's 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night fueling speculation that a deal with the Belgian giants is imminent.

In ten matches this season, Kljestan has logged 900 minutes of playing time and has scored one goal.
Carlos
Wednesday June 9, 2010 5:31 pm
I hope Kljestan develops more as a player over in Europe. I think he'll definitely benefit from playing in the Belgian league. Gooch has played there and now he's in Milan. Not saying that the same thing is going to happen him Kljestan, but his game will be developed more. Wish nothing but the best for him.
tim
Wednesday June 9, 2010 3:53 pm
I am so stoked for Sacha. He deserves to be in a higher league and it was terrible the MLS didn't make that deal with Celtic. He's a good player who helps make everyone better around him so far, maybe he will have great players that will help him improve now!!!!
Scout92
Monday June 7, 2010 8:33 pm
Ok this is the best news i have heard about kljestan in awhile, he should of headed to celtic in 09, we can thank the MLS for that not happening. I really hope kljestn gets this deal and leaves the MLS, Belgium has a good league and its a plus that the champions of the league want him. Good luck kljestan.
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