MLS Moves: Davies follows Bedoya to Philly

The Boston College buddies are back. In Philly.

A series of aggressive moves has brought former Eagles Charlie Davies and Alejandro Bedoya, who initially spurned MLS offers to ply their trade in Europe, to the Union roster.

A deal for Bedoya, 29, that involved a trade with Chicago, which held top spot in the MLS allocation order, as well as a transfer from French club Nantes was announced Tuesday. On Thursday the Union confirmed it has also secured Davies, 30, in a trade with New England.

In both deals the Union swapped General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and a SuperDraft pick for the players. In the case of Davies, the Revs received the Union’s first-round selection in the 2018 SuperDraft. Philly had traded its 2017 first-round pick to Chicago in the Bedoya deal.

“Charlie adds another dynamic dimension to our attack and is exactly the type of player we targeted during this window,” said Union sporting director Earnie Stewart in a team statement. “We’re thrilled to be able to add another player of quality and look forward to welcoming him to the club.”

Since signing with the Revs in August, 2013, Davies played 64 games (41 starts), scored 14 goals, and logged eight assists. He scored five goals in five games during New England’s postseason run to the 2014 MLS Cup, which it lost to the Galaxy, 2-1. In his first MLS stint he scored 11 goals in 2011 for D.C. United, which declined to re-sign him and prompted a move back to Europe, where he started his pro career with Swedish club Hammarby after three seasons at Boston College.

Bedoya met Davies at BC but they didn’t play together. By the time Bedoya, a transfer from Farliegh Dickinson, started playing for the Eagles in late summer of 2007, Davies had embarked on a star-crossed pro career. But Bedoya later followed in Davies' footsteps and began his pro career in Sweden.

Davies' battle with cancer follows a long rehabilitation from near-fatal injuries suffered in an auto accident nearly seven years ago. New England signed him after attempts to revive his career in Europe fizzled out. Head coach Jay Heaps offered him a chance. He took it.

“I’m blown away by the support I’ve received from Revolution fans and from my teammates,” said Davies, who announced last week he’d been undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer, liposarcoma, and the disease was in remission.

“It’s been an honor to be part of such a wonderful and welcoming locker room and I leave with incredible friendships. I also am grateful to the Krafts [family that owns the Revolution] for the opportunity and for all their support. I’m excited for the next chapter in my career and look forward to joining the Union.”

*MLS Summer Moves:
Chicago Fire
IN: F Michael de Leeuw (Free, FC Groningen)
IN: F Luis Solignac (Trade, Colorado Rapids)
IN: F David Arshakyan (Transfer, FK Trakai/LIT)
OUT: F Gilberto (Contract Terminated, Sao Paulo/BRA)
OUT: F Kennedy Igboananike (Trade, D.C. United)

Colorado Rapids
IN: GK Tim Howard (Transfer, Everton/ENG)
IN: F Sebastien Le Toux (Trade, Philadelphia Union)
OUT: F Luis Solignac (Trade, Chicago Fire)

Columbus Crew
D Nicolai Naess (Transfer, Stabaek/NOR)
IN: GK Zack Steffen (Transfer, Freiburg/GER)
IN: F Adam Jahn (Trade, San Jose Earthquakes)
OUT: M Emil Larsen (Transfer, Lyngby/DEN)

D.C. United
IN: M Lloyd Sam (Trade, NY Red Bulls)
IN: F Patrick Mullins (Trade, New York City)
IN: F Kennedy Igboananike (Trade, Chicago Fire)
OUT: F Fabian Espindola (Trade, Vancouver Whitecaps)
OUT: GK Tally Hall (Retired)

FC Dallas
IN: D Aubrey David (Loan, Saprissa/CRC)
IN: F Getterson (Loan, J. Malucelli/BRA)
IN: D Norberto Paparatto (Transfer, Atletico Rafaela/ARG)
OUT: M Alejandro Zendejas (Transfer, Guadalajara/MEX)
OUT: F Fabian Castillo (Loan, Trabzonspor/TUR)

Houston Dynamo
IN: M Eric Alexander (Trade, Montreal Impact)
IN: M Yair Arboleda Quinones (Loan, Independiente Santa Fe/COL)
IN: D Keyner Brown (Loan, Herediano/CRC)
IN: M Jose Escalante (USL Loan, Rio Grande Valley FC)
OUT: M David Rocha (Contract terminated, Real Oviedo/SPA)
OUT: M Leonel Miranda (Loan expired, Defensa y Justicia/ARG)
OUT: F Giles Barnes (Trade, Vancouver Whitecaps)

LA Galaxy

Montreal Impact
IN: F Matteo Mancosu (Loan, Bologna/ITA)
IN: D Amadou Dia (Trade, Sporting KC)
IN: M Hernan Bernardello (Free, Alaves/POR)
OUT: F Cameron Porter (Trade, Sporting KC)
OUT: M Eric Alexander (Trade, Houston Dynamo)

New England Revolution
OUT: F Charlie Davies (Trade, Philadelphia Union)

New York City FC
IN: D Maxime Chanot (Transfer, Kortrijk/BEL)
OUT: F Patrick Mullins (Trade, D.C. United)

New York Red Bulls
IN: M Daniel Royer (Transfer, FC Midtjylland/DAN)
IN: F Omer Damari (Loan, RB Leipzig/GER)
M Lloyd Sam (Trade, D.C. United)

Orlando City
IN: D Jose Aja (Loan, Nacional, Uruguay)
IN: M Matias Perez Garcia (Trade, San Jose Earthquakes)
IN: M Tony Rocha (USL Signing, Orlando City B)
IN: D Mikey Ambrose (USL Signing, Orlando City B)
OUT: M Adrian Winter (Contract terminated, FC Zurich/SUI)
OUT: F Bryan Rochez (Loan, Real Espana/HON)
OUT: Darwin Ceren (Trade, San Jose Earthquakes)

Philadelphia Union
IN: M Derrick Jones (Homegrown Signing, Bethlehem Steel FC)
IN: M Alejandro Bedoya (Transfer, Nantes/FRA)
IN: F Charlie Davies (Trade, New England Revolution)
OUT: M Vincent Nogueira (Contract terminated, Strasbourg/FRA)
OUT: F Sebastien Le Toux (Trade, Colorado Rapids)

Portland Timbers
IN: D Vytautas Andriuskevicius (Free, Cambuur/NED)
IN: GK Chris Konopka (Free, Ross County/SCO)
IN: D Steven Taylor (Free, Newcastle United/ENG)
IN: D Gbenga Arokoyo (Free, Gaziantepspor/TUR)
OUT: GK Adam Kwarasey (Transfer, Rosenborg/NOR)
OUT: D Anthony Manning (Waived)

Real Salt Lake
IN: F Pedro Baez (Loan, Cerro Porteno/PAR)
OUT: F Devon Sandoval (Loan, Rayo OKC)

San Jose Earthquakes
IN: Darwin Ceren (Trade, Orlando City)
OUT: F Adam Jahn (Trade, Columbus Crew)
OUT: M Matias Perez Garcia (Trade, Orlando City)

Seattle Sounders
IN: M Nicolas Lodeiro (Transfer, Boca Juniors/ARG)
IN: M Alvaro Fernandez (Transfer, Gimnasia y Esgrima/ARG)
OUT: F Andy Craven (Waived)

Sporting KC
IN: M Emmanuel Appiah (Free, Colorado Rapids)
IN: F Cameron Porter (Trade, Montreal Impact)
IN: D Amadou Dia (Trade, Montreal Impact)

Toronto FC
IN: F Tosaint Ricketts (Free, Boluspor/TUR)
OUT: D Damien Perquis (Contract terminated, Nott. Forest/ENG)

Vancouver Whitecaps
IN: D David Edgar (Free, Birmingham City/ENG)
IN: D Marcel de Jong (Free, Sporting KC)
IN: M Alphonso Davies (Homegrown Signing, Whitecaps FC 2)
IN: F Fabian Espindola (Trade, D.C. United)
IN: F Giles Barnes (Trade, Houston Dynamo)
OUT: F Octavio Rivero (Transfer, Colo-Colo/CHI)
OUT: D Sam Adekugbe (Loan, Brighton & Hove Albion/ENG)
OUT: F Fabian Espindola (Transfer, Necaxa/MEX)
*Since opening of summer window. 







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