MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, June 11, 2010
American midfielder Sacha Kljestan has put pen to paper and is now a member of the Belgian championship team Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht.

"He passed the medical and has signed on with Anderlecht," press officer David Steegen confirmed this morning in a phone call with YA.

"We are just waiting for him to come to Belgium now, which he will do at the end of next week. We will then present him to the media."

California-born Kljestan has been capped over 30 times for the US national team but was left off of head coach Bob Bradley's roster for this year's World Cup in South Africa.

The former Chivas USA star is expected to bring much to Champions League bound Anderlecht when the Jupiler Pro League season kicks off in August.

"He is an impressive player and somebody we can use, especially with our young group of players," added Steegen. "It's good because we have a young team and he will bring experience and leadership. "

Except for the international players at the World Cup, the Anderlecht players will begin training on Monday, and their latest signing will join them upon his arrival in Belgium.
Thursday July 29, 2010 8:02 am
well he already scored his first goal in his official debut in the pre-qualification game for the champions league against the welsh squad the new saints.
it looks like he already made his way into the elite squad of anderlecht and what we've seen from him looks pretty impressive so far. he's really an addition to the team.
welcome kljestan!
Ed C.
Monday June 14, 2010 1:08 pm
only time will tell Robert. i think players stagnate in MLS and MLS holding onto their best players is insignificant compared to getting our boys overseas to play on a quality team in a quality league. granted, the belgian league isn't great but i would rate it better than MLS (i live in belgium) although not much. also sacha will be in the champions league! he'll become a better player going up against manchester united or milan or barcelona than dc united and colorado rapids! just wish the guy good luck! and yes, hopefully robbie r. will leave soon too!
Robert Kiernan
Monday June 14, 2010 4:52 am
Well I have some doubts that Kljestan is the quality that Anderlicht seem to think he is, but I admit that back when Sacha was playing for Glasgow Celtic his play improved dramatically... and fell noticeably after he was back playing in MLS ... so I suppose this is a good thing for him... but it also shows the weakness MLS is continuing to display in holding on to it's better known players... I wonder when Robbie Rogers goes back to some European club side as well?
Friday June 11, 2010 4:57 pm
Yes! Congrats Sacha! Guess he had to miss out on the world cup to finally be able to go abroad.

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