For the second consecutive offseason, the New York Red Bulls are trading their captain.
Sacha Kljestan is heading south to Orlando City SC, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. ESPN had previously reported rumors of a possible deal.
The deal, once approved by Major League Soccer, would mark the second straight season in which New York traded its captain from the previous season. Following the 2016 campaign, the Red Bulls traded then-captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire in exchange for $400,000 in general allocation money.
As for Kljestan, the move to Orlando ends a three-year stint in New York where he was one of the leading assist men in MLS. From 2015 through 2017, he appeared in 97 regular season games scoring 16 times and adding 51 assists.
Prior to joining the Red Bulls, Kljestan spend five years in Belgium with Anderlecht where he made more than 150 appearances, including 14 Champions League matches. During his time, he was apart of teams that won three league titles and four Belgian Cups.