- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, a regular starter on the U.S. national team, has signed with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union from France’s Nantes.

The 29-year-old, who played at the 2014 World Cup, has two goals in 53 international appearances. He has played for Sweden’s Orebro (2009-11), Scotland’s Glasgow Rangers (2011-12), Sweden’s Helsingborgs (2012-13) and Nantes (2013-16).

To get Bedoya ahead of Wednesday’s close of MLS’s summer transfer window, the Union acquired the top spot in the league’s allocation ranking from the Chicago Fire for general allocation money, targeted allocation money, Philadelphia’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft and discovery priority on a player to be named.

Union sporting director Earnie Stewart says in a statement: “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.”

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