By KEVIN KOCZWARA
Alejandro Bedoya will be playing in France next year after signing a three-year contract with newly promoted Ligue 1 side FC Nantes today, according to the club’s official website.
Bedoya’s move to Nantes, which was confirmed yesterday by SBI, comes after his contract with Swedish club Helsingborg ran out, and after a strong CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with the U.S. Men’s National Team.
The 26-year old will join a Nantes side that finished third in Ligue 2 last year and was promoted to Ligue 1 for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The club has won the French first division eight times, most recently the 2000-01 season.
Bedoya becomes the latest American to try his hand at France’s top-division. Charlie Davies and Carlos Bocangra were the last Americans to play in Ligue 1.
SBI reported on Wednesday that Bedoya had considered offers from Swiss club Grasshopper, which finished second in the Swiss Pro Division last year, and Dutch side Heerenveen.
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