Veteran midfielder Sacha Kljestan has re-signed with the LA Galaxy for the 2022 MLS season.
The 36-year-old has been with the five-time MLS Cup champions for 2 full seasons now, registering 5 objectives and one help in 46 appearances throughout that point.
All 5 of these objectives got here within the 2021 marketing campaign the place he was outscored solely by Chicharito (17) amongst Galaxy gamers, although he was unable to assist the membership end above the Playoff line.
Kljestan – a two-time MLS Finest XI midfielder – was eligible without cost company this low season however will stay in LA for at the least one other yr.
“We’re happy to carry again Sacha, who offers a wealth of expertise to our group and provides depth and management to our midfield place,” LA Galaxy head coach Greg Vanney stated in a membership press launch.
“He is one of the vital skilled gamers to have ever performed in Main League Soccer and our membership will proceed to learn with him on and off the pitch.”
Although his advancing age means Kljestan is unlikely to be a daily starter in 2022, tying down somebody of his high quality and expertise might show important to the Galaxy. The midfielder has 52 USMNT caps to his identify, in addition to over 300 appearances in MLS common season play alone.
The California aspect had already allowed Mexico worldwide Jonathan dos Santos’ contract to run out this low season and suffered an extra blow in midfield with Sebastian Lletget becoming a member of the New England Revolution for as much as $1.3m in Normal Allocation Cash (GAM). Heart-back Daniel Steres additionally departed to the Houston Dynamo.
There may be loads of work for Vanney to do if the Galaxy are to turn out to be Playoff contenders as soon as once more subsequent season. There’s nonetheless loads of time for him to revamp his roster forward of LA’s opening match of the 2022 marketing campaign – at house to champions NYCFC on February 27.