Alejandro Bedoya is on his way back to Sweden.
Bedoya has left Rangers and signed with Helsingborg, a team currently in the mix for a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage, through the rest of the Allsvenskan season, according to Yanks Abroad. Ironically, Helsingborg's opponent in the final UCL qualifying round is Rangers' rival, Celtic. Helsingborg, the former club of current New York Red Bulls centerback Markus Holgersson, currently sits in sixth place in Sweden's top flight and won the league title last season.
Following a solid showing in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Bedoya's move to Rangers from Swedish club Orebro was not as fruitful as he would have hoped. Injuries and coaching decisions limited the U.S. international midfielder to just 13 appearances in all competitions, and he scored one goal in the Scottish Premier League.
With Rangers demoted to Scotland's fourth tier amid their financial crisis, Bedoya sought opportunities to play elsewhere. Rangers manager Ally McCoist left both Bedoya and Maurice Edu off the team's roster for a League Cup match earlier this week, saying that both were on their way out from the embattled club. The move guarantees Bedoya of a place in Europe, because even if Helsingborg fall to Celtic in their UCL qualifying playoff, they will drop down to the Europa League group stage.
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