At 4:31AM Pacific Time, Sacha Kljestan tweeted the above statement to his twitter followers. With multiple moving parts to this deal — including the Columbus Crew’s failure to sign the big DP they were looking for — we can no longer go with our source on this information.
Really wanted Mix in Columbus. We gave it everything, so as disappointed as we are, we didn't leave anything on the table. #Crew96
We checked and double-checked our source. Rumors have been flying in the past 24 hours, and the latest is that Landon Donovan may be retiring. We heard immediately after posting that the deal may have fallen through last minute. Whether that’s the case or not, it doesn’t look like today’s press conference is about Sacha Kljestan or any player signing.
We’ll continue to update throughout the day.
Today a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Corner of the Galaxy that midfielder Sacha Kljestan is set to join the LA Galaxy. Rumors peg the move as a loan from Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. The confirmation follows a report from SBI last week that such a deal was in the works.
There were clear signs that LA was making moves as early as last Tuesday, when the Galaxy traded homegrown defender Kofi Opare to DC United in exchange for their spot at third in the allocation order. LA head coach Bruce Arena has been peppered with questions ever since — and he’s stepped up his trademark fence-sitting to the level of an artform:
Bruce on transfers: "We'll see if that becomes a reality in the next few days. It may or may not happen." #LAGalaxy