The Philadelphia Union have announced the acquisition of midfielder Haris Medunjanin. The 31-year-old Bosnian international signed a 2-year contract with an option for a third year. He has dual citizenship with the Netherlands and with Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has most recently played with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League.
The announcement comes fresh on the heels of yesterday’s signing of former USMNT regular Oguchi Onweyu. Unlike Onweyu, Medunjanin can be expected to make an immediate impact on the team. He comes with an impressive resume at both the club and international levels. Along with his time in Israel’s top division, his club experience also includes stints in the Dutch Eredivisie, Spain’s La Liga, and the Turkish SuperLig. At the international level, he plays a big role with the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team. He has 55 caps with them.
He has tallied 47 goals at the club level and eight goals at the international level. Videos of many of those goals can be found on YouTube. You can also see a highlight video on the Philadelphia Union website. He scored four goals with Maccabi Tel Aviv last season.
It is expected that he will fill the hole left behind when Vincent Nogueira unexpectedly left the club after the Copa America Centanario break. Following Nogueira’s departure, the Union slid from first place to barely making the playoffs. If Medunjanin’s highlight videos are any indication of what we can expect from him, he should be an excellent addition to the club.
If Medunjanin does indeed take up the number 8 role, that will probably mean that Alejandro Bedoya will be cemented into the number 10 position. Elsewhere in the midfield, Chris Pontius should be the regular at left wing, Fabian Herbers and Ilson Jr. (formerly known as Ilsinho) will battle it out for the right wing spot, and Brian Carroll may alternate with Warren Creavalle at number 6. Roland Alberg’s role will most likely be limited to super-sub.
With the number of Dutch speakers in the Union organization, Medunjanin should feel right at home as he converses with Alberg, Herbers, Giliano Wijnaldum, and sporting director Earnie Stewart.
The Union may be not be done making moves. They are also rumored to have their sights on forward Fafa Picault, who most recently toiled for St. Pauli in the German second division.
Mike is a South Jersey native and resident who has been a Philadelphia Union fan ever since the team was just a twinkle in the eyes of the Sons Of Ben. He is also a lifelong fan of the Phillies and an Eagles season ticket holder since 1985.