The midfielder preseason position previews continue, with today's preview focusing on the attacking mids.
Bedoya enters his second season with the Union, fresh off two appeareances for the USMNT along with Pontius in January camp. Bedoya played 10 games with the Union last season, scoring a goal in 844 minutes. He adds versatility to the Union, as can play all three midfielder positions, depending on personnel and formation. Bedoya is vital for controlling pace of play and helping create the Union attack, which will be important to help maintain the 6th best offense in MLS.
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Another second-year MLS vet for the Union is Roland Alberg. In his first season, Alberg scored the second-most goals on the team (nine), while chipping in three assists in 28 games played. Before coming to the Union, Alberg played three seasons with ADO Den Haag in the Dutch top flight. His nine goals fell just short of his 10 in 2014-15 for ADO Den Haag, when he also added eight assists. Alberg has already shown he has the knack for finding the back of the net and will be a focal point of the Union offense.
Adam Najem is one of the Union’s most recent signing, acquiring him from the New York Red Bulls for a 2018 first-round pick. Najem was a highly-sought prospect, projected to be a top-five pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft before being classified as a homegrown player for RBNY. In his four years at Akron, Najem appeared in 89 games for the Zips, scoring 33 goals while dishing out 29 assists. He was named the 2016 MAC Player of the Year, while being a second-team All-American in 2015 and a third team All-American in 2016. He accomplished plenty in college, and his game will translate to the MLS in due time.