Earlier today, the Philadelphia Union announced the signing of American international Alejandro Bedoya. The 29-year-old has been playing in Europe ever since leaving Boston College in 2008, enjoying successful spells in Sweden, Scotland and most recently France with Nantes.
Bedoya, who has hinted at moving back to the United States to play in MLS many times, finally sealed his return today as Philadelphia and Nantes agreed on a $1 million dollar transfer fee. He will now join their ranks as the second Designated Player on the roster, along with former Rangers teammate Maurice Edu.
The Chicago Fire, who held the top spot in the Allocation Ranking, received General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money, Philadelphia’s 1st Round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft and the Discovery Priority on a player to be named later in exchange for the rights to Bedoya.
Prepping themselves for a playoff run as the 4th place team in the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia now have a player with 53 appearances for the United States and who started every game for the Yanks in this summer’s Copa America. The Union were buzzing to have a player of Bedoya’s quality in the squad, with Club Director Ernie Stewart stating “He’s a tremendous player in the prime of his career and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the club.”
Bedoya, whose spent his entire professional career overseas, now joins a growing list of American internationals returning to play in MLS. USMNT regulars like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard have all come back in recent years, bolstering the quality and popularity of the league.
Bedoya, one of the few members of the national team to have never played in MLS, demonstrated his excitement for this new challenge in a recent Twitter post, saying “It is with great pleasure I can finally say I will have the chance to play in MLS…I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to play with and against friends and great players in the MLS with my family and friends having the chance to watch my games.”
Bedoya will join the Union for training this week and may even have the chance to make his debut this Saturday, as Philadelphia head to the nation’s capital for a match against DC United.