Sacha Kljestan

New York Red Bulls

An unattractive answer: the truth about Ilsinho

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Nick Fishman continues PSP's offseason series, "The search for a No. 10," with a microscopic look at a divisive player. With no new signing in sight, is Ilsinho the right answer to the Union's biggest question?

Kljestan trade fits for both Red Bulls, Orlando City

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For the past several seasons, the New York Red Bulls have been working to get younger. Throughout that process, though, the club has made several tough decisions. They made another recently by moving the team's captain for the second straight season in a move that seemingly fits for all involved.

Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando City for Carlos Rivas, Tommy Redding

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Midfielder Sacha Kljestan is officially on his way to Florida.

The New York Red Bulls confirmed reports of a deal sending the midfielder to Orlando City along with $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in exchange for forward Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding.

"We are thrilled to bring Sacha to Orlando," Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said.

Report: LAFC closing in on move for Sacha Kljestan

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One of the league's top playmakers appears to be on the move.

According to Metro, Los Angeles FC is closing in on a deal for New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan. If the move were to come to fruition, it would mark the second consecutive offseason where the Red Bulls dealt their captain following last winter's deal that sent Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire.

Inconsistency proves theme of Red Bulls season

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The New York Red Bulls 2017 season could only be defined by inconsistency.

Whether it was the health of crucial players, the results, or offensive supremacy, the Red Bulls longed for a solution to their continued ineptitude in the biggest moments for the club. While that is nothing new for fans, the Red Bulls are victims of their own regular season success in recent years and fan expectations are impossibly high for the perennially suffering team.

TFC in precarious position following halftime brawl

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One week ago, Jozy Altidore was in the headlines for off the field incidents with New York Red Bull fans, calling them "classless" following leg 1 of the Eastern Confernce semi-finals. A week later, Altidore is in the headlines again.

During the second leg of the playoff series between the Red Bulls and TFC, Altidore played a part in two incidents, earning a red card during the halftime break.

Toronto, Columbus to meet in MLS East showdown

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New York (AFP) – Toronto FC advanced to Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference finals despite a 1-0 home loss Sunday to the New York Red Bulls in a playoff matchup marred by a half-time scuffle.

The heated encounter saw Toronto’s Jozy Altidore and New York’s Sacha Kljestan given red cards as tempers boiled over into shoving between the US national team members as players departed the field at half-time.

Sacha Kljestan: Red Bulls must 'figure it out on their own'

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Greg Vanney spoke about Sebastian Giovinco after Toronto FC's road victory over the New York Red Bulls in leg 1 of the Eastern conference semifinals, and his words juxtapose perfectly with something Jesse Marsch said during his postgame press conference.

"He's amazing," Vanney said of his star.

Sebastian Giovinco free kick powers TFC over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC came into their playoff match against the New York Red Bulls with a mountain of pressure and expectations. TFC needed big performances from the biggest players, and they got them.

Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Victor Vazquez, and Michael Bradley all outperformed the Red Bulls like-for-like players, and the final 2-1 result was a validation of TFC's historic year.

Sacha Kljestan holds the key to the Red Bulls' MLS cup dreams

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Sacha Kljestan's legacy with the New York Red Bulls will be forged in the 2017 playoffs.

Despite leading the league in assists over the last two seasons, and becoming the all-time assist leader for the Red Bulls, he has failed to make an impact in the most important moments for the team in his three seasons in New York.

Red Bulls crush Fire in playoff opener

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The New York Red Bulls put in a terrific team effort, defeating the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the MLS Cup Playoffs behind Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright Phillips.

The sixth-seeded Red Bulls proved to be too much for the Fire, winning 4-0 over a side that limped into the playoffs with a number of key players injured and recovering from their Decision Day defeat at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.

Frustration continues to define Gonzalo Veron's Red Bulls tenure

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Gonzalo Veron's tenure with the New York Red Bulls could be summarized with a single word for both the player and fans alike: frustrating.

The frustration lies in performance, appearances, finishing, passing, and lack of a clear path for the player. That frustration seems manifest in Veron's performances of late, as the team of bad luck seems to be channeled through Veron in a way few players have experienced for the Red Bulls.

Controversial red card for Kaka causes VAR debate

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By the time the fourth official had indicated that there would be four minutes of stoppage time, the crowd at Red Bull Arena had already been entertained. They had already seen four goals, one of which was a curler from distance by Sean Davis, and with the New York Red Bulls up 3-1 on Orlando City, the match seemed to be just about over.

Formation shift paying dividends for the Red Bulls

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Nearly one month ago, the reporters gathered in the press room as Jesse Marsch fumed about the New York Red Bull's execution in their system, or lack thereof, but proclaimed that they were "not changing it." The Red Bulls had just suffered a home loss to New York City FC for the first time in the rivalry's young history.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 19

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Wednesday represented the much-awaited return of MLS after the short Gold Cup break, but a few teams found themselves returning to a nightmare on the field.

After a rain delay, the Montreal Impact got a winner from Blerim Dzemaili in a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

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The Union are looking to take another three points from the Red Bulls. After Sapong's hat trick helped secure a 3-0 win in the last meeting, PSP gets you primed for what to expect on Sunday. Nick Fishman with the match preview.

Player ratings: Union 3-0 Red Bulls

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The Union picked up their first victory since the Battle of Appomattox Court House. It isn't, however, "10's" across the board. This week's player ratings highlights the heroes and acknowledges those with room to improve.

Jones, Kljestan released to clubs after USMNT tie with Serbia

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Two U.S. Men's National Team midfielders will return to their clubs ahead of the upcoming friendly against Jamaica.

New Los Angeles Galaxy signing Jermaine Jones and Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan will return to their clubs after playing in Sunday's0-0 draw with Serbia, United States coach Bruce Arena announced at the postgame press conference.

Kljestan dealing with broken nose heading into USMNT's clash with Mexico

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Sacha Kljestan is battling an injury that could prove much more limiting than it appears on the surface.

The New York Red Bulls midfielder suffered a broken nose in his team's loss to the Montreal Impact over the weekend. Kljestan is dealing with"cleanlittle breaks" in his nose, and will wearheadgear in training leading up to Friday's clash between the U.

Benny Feilhaber

SBI Question of the Day: Will Feilhaber or Kljestan find more success with new team?

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Two of American soccer's premier playmakers were traded on Wednesday. Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan have long been regarded as two of the more creative and technical midfielders in MLS, and both will have very new challenges in 2018.

After several weeks of speculation, Kljestan was traded to Orlando City, where he will be tasked with replacing the retired Kaka.

Major Link Soccer: Benny Feilhaber traded to LAFC

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MLS schedule revealed today and some US Soccer news as well.

MLS

The FULL 2018 MLS schedule will be revealed today at 10:30 am.

Sporting Kansas City trades Benny Feilhaber to LAFC. Why couldn't they have sent him to an Eastern Conference team?

Orlando City SC have locked up Dom Dwyer for the next three years after signing him to an extension on Wednesday.

International Match Thread: Could We See Darlington Nagbe in USA vs. Serbia?

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It has been a while since we last saw Darlington Nagbe in the uniform of the United States Men's National Team, but that could change today as the US takes on Serbia in an international friendly.

Today's match will be the USMNT's first under returning boss Bruce Arena and will be vital for a number of players looking to make an impression under the former Galaxy head coach.

Red Bulls

D.C. United signs Junior Moreno, Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando, and more: Freedom Kicks for January 3, 2018

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It was a day of acquisitions in MLS.

Happy Wednesday folks, the first Wednesday in 2018! There were a couple main transactions in MLS that lead the news, so let's jump right in:

United acquire Venezuelan National Team midfielder Júnior Moreno | D.C. United

D.C. United signed midfielder Júnior Moreno yesterday, acquiring him from Venezuela side Zulia FC.

MLS increases Kljestan ban over playoffs scuffle

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New York (AFP) – Major League Soccer has doubled Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan’s ban for a half-time incident in the MLS Cup playoffs last month to two games.

MLS said on Friday that it had concluded a thorough internal investigation of the bust-up during a game between the Red Bulls and Toronto FC and issued Kljestan with an additional game suspension and an increased fine “as a result of an interaction with stadium security personnel”.

MLS increases Kljestan ban over playoffs scuffle

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New York (AFP) – Major League Soccer has doubled Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan’s ban for a half-time incident in the MLS Cup playoffs last month to two games.

MLS said on Friday that it had concluded a thorough internal investigation of the bust-up during a game between the Red Bulls and Toronto FC and issued Kljestan with an additional game suspension and an increased fine “as a result of an interaction with stadium security personnel”.

10 things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals

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Here are the ten things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals.

1. Toronto Loses Its Cool

Jozy Altidore is great player, but his conduct in the first half of Toronto’s game on Sunday against the Red Bulls was phenomenally stupid.

10 things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals

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Here are the ten things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals.

1. Toronto Loses Its Cool

Jozy Altidore is great player, but his conduct in the first half of Toronto’s game on Sunday against the Red Bulls was phenomenally stupid.

Red Bulls douse Fire, Whitecaps roll in MLS playoffs

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Chicago (AFP) – A seventh-minute New York Red Bulls goal for English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Mezquida’s brace for Vancouver sparked historic shutouts Wednesday in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Sixth-seeded Red Bulls stunned third-seeded host Chicago 4-0 with the most lopsided rout in MLS knockout-round playoff history, a record only until Vancouver followed with a 5-0 romp over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Red Bulls douse Fire, Whitecaps roll in MLS playoffs

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Chicago (AFP) – A seventh-minute New York Red Bulls goal for English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Mezquida’s brace for Vancouver sparked historic shutouts Wednesday in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Sixth-seeded Red Bulls stunned third-seeded host Chicago 4-0 with the most lopsided rout in MLS knockout-round playoff history, a record only until Vancouver followed with a 5-0 romp over the San Jose Earthquakes.

MLS Scores: Big return for the Red Bulls

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The MLS schedule resumed after taking the Gold Cup group stage off with a midweek start for week 20. Some teams scheduled international friendlies. Others took the break and the time to regroup. The Red Bulls restarted their MLS season strong, beating San Jose 5-1 at home. Sean Davis put New York up in the 38th with Sacha Kljestan doubling the lead in the 73rd.

Impact’s DP partnership blooms in win over Red Bulls

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Before Montreal Impact fans could even celebrate their 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls Saturday night, they all had Patrice Bernier's health on their minds.

In a play with Sacha Kljestan, the Impact captain ended up pushed off the field and fell heavily inside his team's dugout.

Match Preview: Union vs. Red Bulls

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The Union will try to win while the other team will probably stop them from doing that.

Match: Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls

Time: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium

Television: The Comcast Network, MSG+ 2

Streaming: MLS Live (Subscription Only)

Referees: REF: Silviu Pretrescu AR1: Cameron Blanchard AR2: Jonathan Johnson 4TH: Ted Unkel

How the Red Bulls will look

New York had their three-game winning streak snapped in Kansas City on Wednesday, which is understandable considering how many starters were rested.

Philadelphia Union

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/6/17

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Prepare for the new week with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

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Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

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It's a Union home game but the Dynamo brought their own weather for tonight's matchup.

United States Men's National Team

Kljestan, Besler added to USMNT roster, Wood out with injury

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A few days after losing Fabian Johnson to an injury for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama, the U.S. Men's National Team was forced to drop another German-based start from its roster.

U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday that Bobby Wood was removed from the roster due to a back injury.

Video: Bradley, Kljestan review USMNT's 2009 win over Mexico

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Player of the week: Christian Pulisic

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With a Champions League goal, Hershey's second most famous export is PSP's player of the week.

How To Watch United States-Mexico: Preview, Lineups, Game Thread

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The Hex begins again, from the fortress known as Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The United States Men's National Team has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance after an up-and-down/borderline disappointing Copa America campaign this summer.

Sacha Kljestan has become the new defacto playmaker in the midfield for the USMNT, Christian Pulisic has seemingly entrenched himself in the starting lineup as a teenager and other young players like DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks and Bobby Wood have all had solid performances for club and country.

Union bits, more news

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Pontius on having a healthy season. Fan vote open for Union Player of the Year.

The Rest

Fantasy Focus: Running of the Bull

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Getting fat off the weak

This round's leader was DC Buzzards,with a whopping score of 173 points, 20 more than the next closest team. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.9) tallied two goals and an assist on the way to 46 points, easily leading the team. Behind him were Red Bulls teammates Sacha Kljestan ($11.