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Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya signs contract extension

The extension keeps Bedoya in Philadelphia until at least the end of the 2021 campaign.

Alejandro Bedoya in action during the 2019 MLS season (Courtesy of Philadelphia Union)

Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya will be under contract for at least the next two seasons.

On Thursday, the 32-year-old midfielder inked an extension with the club that lasts until the end of the 2021 Major League Soccer regular season with a club option for 2022. 

“’Ale’ has exceeded expectations we set for him as a leader on the pitch, in the locker room, and throughout the community,” Union sporting director Ernst Tanner said. “At the Union, passion and drive are qualities that we look for, and nobody represents that better than Alejandro. It was very important for us to ensure the captain that led us to our first playoff win remains at our club to push us forward and set an example for our young core.”

Bedoya has played in 103 regular-season games over his four seasons with the Union and was a key piece of the team that won the franchise’s first-ever playoff match in 2019. 

The former U.S. men’s national team midfielder was named the club’s captain in 2017 and he has been a fixture in the center of the park since his arrival from Nantes in the summer of 2016. 

Bedoya has 10 goals and 14 assists for the Union and has started in at least 28 matches over the last three seasons. 

The Union begin their 2020 campaign at FC Dallas Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. 

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