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Get him to the Greeks? Mutual interest between Olympiacos, Kljestan

Jun 30, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

Sacha Kljestan, Dennis Praet, Massimo Bruno AP

Sacha Kljestan may not have been first choice for his new manager at Anderlecht last season, nor did he fit in the plans of one Jurgen Klinsmann on the international stage, but that doesn’t mean the mustachioed-midfielder is short of admirers.

MLSSoccer.com is reporting that the 28-year-old American, capped 46 times for the USMNT, is receiving interest from Greek super club Olympiacos.

The 6-foot-1 Kljestan has been with Belgian powers Anderlecht since 2010 and has made over 150 appearances for the club, scoring 21 goals. Perhaps best-known by American fans for his hat trick against Sweden in a 2009 friendly, Kljestan only appeared in three games for the US in 2013.

From MLSSoccer.com:

Sources close to both the player and the Athens giants have confirmed recent Belgian reports of ongoing transfer interest. Olympicaos got a good look at Kljestan, who has two years remaining on his Anderlecht deal, during a pair of Champions League tilts between the two clubs last year.

Olympiacos are the most successful Greek team of all time, with four straight league crowns and 41 in total. Should Kljestan join up, he would become the third American to play for the club, following Peter Philipakos and Peter Skouras.

Greece has a much-higher UEFA coefficient than Belgium, and Kljestan would jump from a Champions League group stage team right onto another. The fact that a player like Kljestan exists, playing at a high level abroad but unable to find a fit on the national team, shows just how far the United States program has comeĀ in the last 20 years.

  1. mikeevergreen - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Baklava time, buddy! Enjoy Greece!

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