UPDATE, Thursday 11:50 am ET: The mystery club that USMNT midfielder Kenny Saief may be headed is reported to be FC Cincinnati.
According to Goal.com's Ives Galarcep, Cincy GM Luke Sassano is in Belgium attempting to close the deal. He also added that the club had a chance to sign Dutch international midfielder Wesley Sneijder but didn't have enough allocation money left.
Cincinnati is the team closing in on Kenny Saief. I’m told GM Luke Sassano is in Belgium finalizing the deal. Would be a solid pickup for a team in need of a playmaker, and the loan vs. purchase makes him affordable for a team that has burned through much of its TAM-GAM 💰 https://t.co/htTegdviAy— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) February 28, 2019
I’m told FC Cincinnati had opportunity to sign Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder (now playing in Qatar) on a TAM deal, but didn’t have enough TAM 💰left to make it work (TBF, Saief is 25 & surely cheaper). I could think of a few #MLS teams that could use Sneijder, even at 34.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) February 28, 2019
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Wednesday, 10:50 am ET: US men's national team international midfielder Kenny Saief might be on his way to Major League Soccer.
According to Ives Galarcep of Goal.com, Saief is "lining up a move" to an unnamed MLS club. According to reports out of Belgium, he has fallen out of favor with his club Anderlecht and doesn't feel supported by the Belgian giants.
I’m told #USMNT midfielder Kenny Saief is lining up a move to #MLS . He’s currently at Anderlecht and is NOT on the MLS Allocation list. The 25-year-old left winger/playmaker would be a big pickup for a team needing attacking punch in midfield.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) February 27, 2019
Saief, 25, has spent the majority of his career in Belgium, currently with Anderlecht. With the club he has a goal and four assists across 34 appearances, while he also featured for KAA Gent, where he made 113 appearances, with 15 goals and nine assists. He has not started a league match for Anderlecht since in almost four months.
Born in Florida, Saief holds American citizenship though he and his family moved back to Israel when he was 3-years-old. He represented Israel throughout his youth and even made two friendly appearances for the senior national team, but wasn't cup-tied and switched to play for the US national team, making his debut in 2017. He has made four caps with the USMNT.