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Report: Kljestan headed to Galaxy on loan deal as non-DP

Aug 6, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

Kljestan's rat-tail closes down Ibra's hook in a battle to win the ball. Getty Images

The red hot and rich Los Angeles Galaxy may have just gotten richer, as a Corner of the Galaxy report has tabbed Anderlecht and USMNT player Sacha Kljestan on the move to L.A. via loan.

The Galaxy announced that an unspecified deal was done before the 5pm ET transfer freeze, and that they would hold a press conference at 2pm on Thursday to unveil the details.

The loan would perceivably allow the Galaxy to, essentially, have a fourth Designated Player salary in addition to Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez. Without one of the three departing California — and they aren’t — Kljestan could not be a DP.

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Rumors of L.A.’s desire to add Kljestan are not new, and in fact extend back to May.

The team certainly won’t turn down the chance to add a talented player on loan, and marketing a former USMNT mainstay won’t hurt, but where would Kljestan fit into Bruce Arena’s plans?

The easiest guess would be to slot Kljestan in for Stefan Ishizaki, though the latter has scored two goals in his past four games. I suppose Arena could bounce Donovan into the center of the park and put Marcelo Sarvas or Juninho on the bench, too.

Still, it’s a busy and effective midfield that would be adding Kljestan, and anyone who caught L.A.’s weekend dismantling of Portland has to wonder how much better they could expect from the addition.

  1. rphillish - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I think it’s much more likely that Landon replaces Sarvas or Juninho and Klejstan gets put out wide. My money would be on Sarvas, but juninho could happen too.

  2. jbq2 - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    On July 24, Man U dismantled the Galaxy 7-0 for a major embarrassment for the MLS. United is only in preseason while LA is deep into their season.

  3. drewvt6 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Kljestan is perfect fit for MLS. Soon we’ll watch him and realize just how ridiculous it was that Klinsman rated Brad Davis so much higher than him or…..Landon Donovan.

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