MLS weekend preview: Alejandro Bedoya could be signing of the season

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On the face of things Alejandro Bedoya is a fairly unremarkable signing even for a team like the Philadelphia Union, not exactly accustomed to welcoming such prolific internationals on designated player contracts. But it is Bedoya’s unremarkability that makes him such an exceptional signing. His arrival could be a defining moment in the Union’s season.

The former Nantes and Rangers midfielder hasn’t been signed to shift shirts, but to serve a purpose in Jim Curtin’s side. Bedoya isn’t the most eye-catching of players – he won’t dribble past opponents like Sebastian Giovinco or fire a long-range drive into the roof of the net like Didier Drogba – but he will make the Union a better side both in the defensive and attacking side of the game. The 29-year-old is the midfield dynamo they have so far lacked this season.

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