KENYA BROWN - Thursday, August 4, 2016
US midlfielder Alejandro Bedoya will be returning home after it was announced on Wednesday that he sealed a move to MLS side Philadelphia Union from French Ligue 1 team Nantes.
According to reports, the teams agreed to a 1 million dollar transfer fee.
The 29-year-old will be joining the Eastern Conference side that currently sits in fourth place in the standings and are looking to book a place in the playoffs.
The Union were able to sign Bedoya after completing a trade with the Chicago Fire, which had the top spot in the league's allocation order.
Chicago received cash, a 2017 first-round draft pick and discovery rights on an unnamed player and Philadelphia's place in the allocation order, which is now No. 1.
Union sporting director Earnie Stewart spoke glowingly about the team's newest acquisition.
"We have laid out very specific goals for our club this season and Alejandro adds the type of quality that can instantly guide us in achieving them. He's a tremendous player in the prime of his career," he said in a statement.
Bedoya bypassed MLS early in his professional career as he went on to sign with Swedish first division side Orebro. After two seasons with the team he made the move to the Scottish Premier League where he signed with Rangers. There he would play alongside fellow US internationals Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu.
After the Light Blues relegation due to financial problems, the New Jersey born and Florida raised midfielder returned to Sweden to play for Helsingborgs IF. After a season and a half with the team, he headed to France and signed with Nantes.
Bedoya earned his way into Les Canaris starting eleven and play a vital role as the team looked to re-establish itself in France's top division.
On the international scene, Bedoya has been an integral member of the US national team as he played big roles for them at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Copa America Centenario.