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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Union clinch signing of Alejandro Bedoya

Alejandro Bedoya, playing for the U.S. National Team in Copa America
this summer, is set to be the Union's newest signing. (AP)
CHESTER >> The Philadelphia Union’s two-summer chase of Alejandro Bedoya is all but over.

The Union sealed the transfer of the American international Wednesday, per the website of his former club, French side FC Nantes.

The deal sealed the deal by reportedly shipping general allocation money, targeted allocation money and a first-round SuperDraft pick to Chicago to swap the Union’s No. 2 allocation order pick with Chicago at No. 1 to acquire Bedoya’s rights.

Reports indicate that Bedoya will earn a salary near $1 million in addition to a transfer fee of nearly $1 million to Nantes. Bedoya will occupy a designated player spot on the Union roster.

Bedoya, 29, is a native of Englewood, N.J., who’s spent his entire pro career in Europe. He played in Sweden with Orebro and Helsingborgs and Scotland for a season at Rangers alongside future Union teammate Maurice Edu. Since 2013, Bedoya has been at Nantes, the club of former Union young DP striker Fernando Aristeguieta. The Union attempted to sign Bedoya last summer, but the deal fell through.

“Alejandro is a good player,” Edu said. “I think anyone who’s seen him play for the national team or for his club teams, they know technically he’s a good player. He works hard on both sides of the ball. He’s a player who can create plays for himself and for other players. In any team that he plays, he’s shown that he’s a quality player and can impact a team.”

Bedoya has earned 53 caps with the U.S. National Team. He’s played primarily as a winger, but he’s likely to be deployed centrally with the Union to fill the void left by Vincent Nogueira at the No. 8 role.

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