2019 (Philadelphia): Medunjanin has made 23 appearances (23 starts) for the Union at central defensive midfield this season, starting every regular-season match, totaling one goal and six assists ... notched his first helper of the year, a game-winning assist, on David Accam's first goal vs. Columbus (March 23) ... assisted on Alejandro Bedoya's goal vs. Montreal (April 20) ... helped the Union to a 6-1 win over New England (May 4) with a two-assist performance, his fourth such effort in MLS, and was named to the MLS Team of the Week (Week 10) ... scored his first goal of the season on a free kick
at Minnesota (June 2), which was named MLS Goal of the Week ... contributed a game-winning assist on Kacper Przybylko's second goal at Orlando (July 3) ... tallied his sixth assist during Marco Fabian's set piece goal vs. Chicago (July 20) ... made one appearance in the Open Cup, starting the Fourth Round match at D.C. United (June 12).
2018 (Philadelphia): Medunjanin made 30 regular-season appearances (29 starts) at central midfield in 2018, registering two goals and seven assists. He earned his 59th international cap for Bosnia and Herzegovina with a substitute appearance in an international friendly win at Bulgaria (March 23), and added his 60th with a substitute appearance four days later vs. Senegal (March 27). He notched his first assist for the Union in 2018 as part of a 3-2 win over D.C. United (April 28) and scored his first goal of the season at Montreal (May 12). In the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Medunjanin made five appearances (five starts) at central midfield, totaling one goal and two assists. He assisted on Jack Elliott's opening goal via a corner kick in the 5-0 Fourth Round win over Richmond (June 5) and notched the opening goal and a game-winning assist during the Round of 16 win over the Red Bulls (June 16).
2017 (Philadelphia): Medunjanin made 34 appearances, starting every match at central midfield in his first season with Philadelphia, scoring two goals and adding 12 assists, leading the Union. He started the season opener at Vancouver (March 5), his club and League debut. He notched his first MLS assist in the next match, the home opener vs. Toronto FC (March 11). continuing in the starting lineup for the home opener vs. Toronto FC (March 11), Medunjanin registered his first MLS assist. He scored his first MLS goal on a left-footed shot from distance at D.C. United (May 13), while adding two assists as part of a 4-0 win. He made two appearances (two starts) for Philadelphia in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, totaling one assist.
2016-17 (Maccabi Tel Aviv): Medunjanin appeared eight times in Europa League qualifiers with Maccabi Tel Aviv and six times in the UEFA Europa League, scoring two goals and adding one assist. He also made 11 league appearances in the first half of the campaign before officially moving to Philadelphia Union on January 31, 2017.
2015-16 (Deportivo La Coruña/Maccabi Tel Aviv): Starting the season with Deportivo, Medunjanin made two Copa del Rey appearances. He transferred back to Maccabi Tel Aviv midway through the campaign, where he registered five league appearances.
2014-15 (Deportivo La Coruña): The midfielder returned to La Liga by signing for Deportivo La Coruña, making 24 appearances with two goals, adding one Copa del Rey appearance.
2013-14 (Gaziantepspor): Medunjanin’s move to Gaziantepspor was made permanent ahead of the 2013-14 season, and he made 32 league appearances in his second campaign for the club (two goals, two assists). He also appeared once in the Turkish Cup.
2012-13 (Gaziantepspor): Medunjanin moved to Turkish side Gaziantepspor on loan, appearing 30 times in his first Turkish league season, scoring four goals while adding eight assists. He appeared three times in the Turkish Cup.
2011-12 (Maccabi Tel Aviv): In his second season with Maccabi Tel Aviv, the midfielder made 12 league appearances. He also appeared six times in the Europa League along with six additional matches in Europa League qualification.
2010-11 (Maccabi Tel Aviv): Medunjanin moved to his third country when he signed for Maccabi Tel Aviv, making 27 appearances in Ligat HaAl with eight goals and one assist. His debut for the club came on August 22, 2010 against Maccabi Haifa. Medunjanin went on a four-match goal-scoring streak from August 29, 2010 through October 2, 2010. He also appeared four times in Europa League qualifiers, scoring four goals.
2009-10 (Real Valladolid CF): In his second season in Spain, Medunjanin made 24 La Liga appearances for Valladolid, scoring five times with two assists. He added one match played in the Copa del Rey.
2008-09 (Real Valladolid CF): Transferring to Spain for the 2008-09 campaign, Medunjanin made 18 appearances in La Liga for Real Valladolid, scoring once with two assists. His league debut came against Atletico Madrid on September 13, 2008. He also made three Copa del Rey appearances.
2007-08 (AZ Alkmaar): Medunjanin returned to AZ Alkmaar following his loan, playing in 12 matches, scoring one goal and adding one assist. He also made two appearances in the UEFA Cup.
2006-07 (Sparta Rotterdam): Medunjanin was loaned to Sparta Rotterdam on July 1, 2006, and he made 32 Eredivisie appearances for the club in the 2006-07 season, scoring seven goals with four assists.
2005-06 (AZ Alkmaar): The midfielder made 10 Eredivisie appearances in his second season with AZ, scoring three times and adding four assists. His first goal came on March 3, 2006 against NEC Nijmegen. He also made two UEFA Cup appearances and one appearance in Europa League playoffs.
2004-05 (AZ Alkmaar): Medunjanin began his professional career with AZ in the Netherlands, making his first appearance on February 20, 2005 against Roda JC. He appeared in two other games throughout the season.
At the international level, Medunjanin earned 60 caps for the Bosnian National Team while recording nine goals. He appeared in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making two appearances in the group stage, against Argentina and Nigeria. In the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, he contributed with three goals against Albania, Belarus, and Luxembourg. The midfielder led Bosnia to second place in their group. Prior to playing for his native Bosnia and Herzegovina, he was a part of the Netherlands youth system, helping the Dutch squad win the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2006 and 2007.
Medunjanin received his first call-up from Bosnia and Herzegovina while with the Union ahead of a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match vs. Greece (June 9), where he did not appear ahead of a 0-0 draw. He was again called up ahead of another set of World Cup qualifiers, vs. Belgium (October 7) and at Estonia (October 10). He started at central attacking midfield vs. Belgium, his 55th cap, scoring his ninth international goal in the match, and he continued in the starting lineup at Estonia for cap number 56.
In 2018, he received a call-up from Bosnia ahead of two friendlies. He started vs. the United States (January 28) at StubHub Center in Carson, CA for his 57th cap and again three days later vs. Mexico in San Antonio, Texas for his 58th. He received an additional call-up ahead of two more friendlies: against Bulgaria in Razgrad (March 23) as well as a contest against Senegal in Le Havre, France (March 27). He came on as a substitute in both matches, earning caps number 59 and 60. Following the match against Senegal, he announced his retirement from international play.
Philadelphia Union signed midfielder Haris Medunjanin using Targeted Allocation Money on January 31, 2017. Contract option for 2019 was picked up
on July 5, 2018.
Name: Haris Medunjanin (pronounced: Harris Meh-DOON-yuh-nihn)
Born: March 8, 1985 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hometown: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Acquired: Philadelphia Union signed midfielder Haris Medunjanin using Targeted Allocation Money on January 31, 2017
Previous Experience: Maccabi Tel Aviv (2016-2017), Deportivo La Coruna (2014-2016), Gaziantepspor (2012-2014), Maccabi Tel Aviv (2010-2013), Valladolid (2008-2010), Sparta Rotterdam (2006-2007), AZ Alkmaar (2004-2008)
Medunjanin's favorite food is pasta. Growing up, his favorite team was Barcelona and his favorite player was Zidane. The vacation spot he most enjoys is Miami. If he weren't a professional soccer player, he would like to be a commentator on television about the game, as he follows the sport widely. Away from the game, he likes to play all kinds of other sports including basketball, ping pong and tennis.