United States men's national team midfielde r Alejandro Bedoya has joined Ligue 1 club FC Nantes on a three-year deal the team announced on Thursday.

Bedoya, 26, has scored 1 goal in 19 appearances for the United States. The former Boston College and Rangers standout played for Swedish club Helsingborgs IF last season and helped the club reach the UEFA Europa League group stage in the process.

"Really excited for this next challenge in my life/career! Happy to sign a deal [with] FC Nantes in France Ligue 1," said Bedoya on Twitter.

Really excited for this next challenge in my life/career! Happy to have signed a deal w FC Nantes in France Ligue 1! #MerciPourLeSoutien

-- Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) August 8, 2013 Nantes, who recently earned promotion back to France's top flight, announced the move on their website. Club president Waldemar Kita praised the New Jersey born midfielder and was reassured about his decision to bring footballer to the club.

"He bring European football experience, " said Kita. "He is fast, able to make a difference and can score goals."

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-- FC Nantes (@FC_Nantes) August 8, 2013