The Philadelphia Union will soon announce the signing of United States international Alejandro Bedoya from Nantes in France after the French club confirmed the sale on Twitter. Bedoya comes to MLS after spending all of his professional career in Europe.
After leaving Boston College in 2008, Bedoya opted not to join MLS and enter the SuperDraft and instead decided to explore options abroad. In late 2008 he signed with Swedish club Orebro SK and spent two and a half years there. After an unsuccessful trial at Birmingham City, Bedoya signed with Rangers FC in Scotland in 2011. Rangers had financial problems at the club and Bedoya moved back to Sweden with Helsingborgs IF in 2012. Since August of 2013 Bedoya has played with FC Nantes in France’s Ligue 1. He had 10 goals in 77 appearances for the French club, his longest time spent at a club in his career.
Bedoya, 29, has also had a prominent role with the United States Men’s National Team over the past 6 years. After earning his first cap in January of 2010, Bedoya was a member of the US World Cup team in 2014. He has two international goals and was a part of the Gold Cup winning team in 2013. Bedoya played a prominent role at this summer’s Copa America Centenario, helping lead the United States to a 4th place finish.
Where will Bedoya play in Chester? While Jurgen Kilnsmann once tried him as a defensive midfielder, with awful results, he can play wide or as an attacking midfielder in the middle. Bedoya joins a midfield with the likes of Chris Pontius, Tranquillo Barnetta, Ilsinho, Roland Alberg, and eventually Maurice Edu, who is currently injured. With CJ Sapong up front, the Union could opt for a 4-3-3 or a 4-1-4-1 to utilize the talent they have in their attacking corps. Bedoya’s likely position would be in a deep–lying midfield role left vacant by the departure of Vincent Nogueira earlier this season.
Bedoya nearly joined MLS last summer but the deal fell apart late as Nantes decided not to sell.
Philadelphia got off to a great start this season in MLS but have begun to slip off late. While a number of Union fans would have preferred a striker signing in this window, Bedoya is a good signing for Philadelphia and MLS. The Union are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference, but are just 4 points ahead of 7th place Orlando City.