Former Rangers midfielder Alejandro Bedoya secures vital point for FC Nantes

Alejandro Bedoya scored the equaliser for Nantes as they drew 1-1 with Toulouse.

Alejandro Bedoya has always been one member of the United States Men’s National Team that has played his football in various European leagues, including a spell at Scottish giants Rangers, and on Sunday he continued his French adventure with a crucial goal for FC Nantes against Toulouse.

Although sitting in mid-table, Nantes were still under the threat of relegation on Saturday when they travelled to 15th-placed Toulouse. Victory for the home side would have seen Dominique Arribage’s side close the gap from Les Canaris to just two points, dragging them into the relegation dogfight.

Toulouse took the lead in the first half when Adrien Regattin raced through down the right-hand side before firing a low, powerful shot past Remy Riou. Then in the second half the home side hit the crossbar through Tongo Doumbia.

It was looking ominous for Michel Der Zakarian’s side, until the 89th minute. Nantes' last chance came from a corner, played high to the back post by youngster Valentin Rongier and Bedoya ghosted free and the American headed low into the corner.

He was rumoured to be on the move in January, but enjoying life in Nantes, the American has stayed in Western France, with Saturday’s goal his third of the season.

Although it is only a point, it is a vital pick-up on the road, and takes Nantes up to 44 points, seven clear of the relegation zone.

The New Jersey native has spent time in Sweden and Scotland before moving to Ligue 1. The 27-year-old has earned 39 caps for the American national team, playing all four games at the 2014 World Cup.

His time at Nantes has been mixed, but the club's transfer embargo this season has seen the squad having to step up, and Bedoya has played a huge part. Nantes' biggest test will be next season when they are allowed to strengthen again.

Bedoya will have to show that he has a consistent role in the squad, proving to Der Zakarian that he is good enough to start on a regular basis. Goals like Saturday’s header will go a long way to increasing his chances.

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