Why Bedoya's MLS deal fell through
The list of Americans playing overseas who left to join Major League Soccer almost increased by one during the recent transfer window.
Alejandro Bedoya, who played a prominent role with the United States men's national team at the 2014 World Cup and has been a regular starter for Ligue 1 club Nantes, agreed to a contract in principle with the Philadelphia Union, but Nantes pulled out of the deal at the last minute, a source told Yahoo Sports.
The contract would have paid Bedoya close to $1.2 million a year and the transfer fee was north of $1 million for Nantes, according to the source.
Nantes currently has Bedoya under a long-term contract, but the Union were under the impression that their transfer offer was going to be accepted by the French club when they came to terms with the midfielder.
Bedoya would have joined Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Mix Diskerud in continuing the recent trend of U.S. national teamers leaving Europe for MLS.
Forward Aron Johannsson was offered to several MLS teams, with a Western Conference club among the frontrunners to try and land his services, but the 24-year-old ended up moving from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar to Germany to play for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.