January 31, 2017
Union sign Bosnian Medunjanin
CHESTER, Pa. -- The Philadelphia Union have signed midfielder Haris Medunjanin to a two-year deal with an option in the third year, the team announced Tuesday.
Medunjanin, 31, born in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia, (now Bosnia and Herzegovina), is expected to help compensate for the loss of Tranquillo Barnetta, who returned to Switzerland after last season. Medunjanin has scored eight goals in 55 appearances for the Bosnian national team, appearing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Argentina. Medunjanin, acquired via Targeted Allocation Money, also played for The Netherlands, winning the 2006 UEFA U-21 European Championship.
“We are extremely happy to add a player of Haris’ caliber,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said. “Having played at the highest levels of our game, be brings both quality and experience to our midfield. We’re anxious for Haris to join our group as we continue to prepare for the start of the season.”
Medunjanin started his career with AZ Alkmaar, scoring four goals in 25 appearances. Medunjanin spent time with Sparta Rotterdam on loan; moved to Valladolid of La Liga; Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israel Premier League for two stints; Gaziantepspor of Turkey on loan, and then signing the following season; Deportivo La Coruña; a return to Maccabi, scoring six goals in 56 appearances in all competitions since January of last year.
In the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, he scored three goals against Albania, Belarus and Luxembourg as Bosnia finished second place in the group standings.