Report: Minnesota 1 of 2 MLS teams eyeing Israeli league star Dia Saba


An Israeli media report linked Minnesota United and another, unnamed MLS club to Maccabi Netanya midfielder Dia Saba on Saturday, Sports channel One suggesting that a transfer might soon take one of the Israeli Premier League’s top talents to North America.

The Athletic's Jeff Rueter also reported Saturday that "multiple MLS clubs" were interested in Saba:

Saba, 25, is an Arab-Israeli playmaker who’s averaged nearly a goal every other game over the past season and a half. He represented Israel at the youth international level and was a key cog in his club’s recent success, scoring 17 goals in 28 league appearances last season and already bagging the same number in the current campaign, making him the first division’s runaway scoring leader at present. It appears that he would command a transfer fee, but no specific figures have been reported.

Based in the coastal city of Netanya north of Tel Aviv, Maccabi Netanya won promotion last year as champions of Israel's second division and currently sit in fifth place in the Ligat Winner (top flight) 24 games into the current season.

The club recently signed American midfielder Jake Rozhansky, a University of Maryland product who was projected as a first-round pick in this year's SuperDraft before moving overseas.

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