The Philadelphia Union added a significant piece to their midfield on Tuesday in the form of Haris Medunjanin, a Bosnian midfielder from Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Medunjanin, 31, is a deep-lying central distributor type. He began his career at AZ Alkmaar in 2004, and left in 2008 for Spanish club Real Valladolid. That was before Earnie Stewart got to AZ, but Stewart would have seen Medunjanin in the Eredivisie while working as NAC Breda's technical director from 2006 to 2010.
Other stops in Medunjanin's career have included Turkey's Gaziantepspor and Spain Deportivo La Coruña. He moved to Tel Aviv in January 2016. It was his second stint there; the first was from 2010 to '12.
American fans who paid close attention to the 2014 World Cup saw Medujanin playing for Bosnia-Herzegovina's national team. He made two appearances in the tournament, as a substitute against Argentina and as a starter against Nigeria. You might also have seen him in Bosnia's 2013 friendly match against the United States in Sarajevo, when he was a second-half substitute.
Medunjanin played his youth soccer for the Netherlands' under-21 team, and was part of the Dutch under-21 squad that won the 2006 UEFA European Championship. That did not tie him to the Netherlands' senior squad, though. When the opportunity came in 2009 to represent his native country, he filed the necessary paperwork to change his eligiblity.
The Union signed Medunjanin with Targeted Allocation Money, funds distributed by Major League Soccer that teams can use to buy down players' salary cap hits when they're paid more than the Designated Player threshhold. This year, that bar is just over $480,000. Medunjanin's contract will be for two years with an option for a third.
The Twitter handle above is for my general news reporting. My soccer handle is @thegoalkeeper. Contact me there for any questions about this post.