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Alejandro Bedoya: One to Watch For the US National Team

alejandro bedoya action w bc 300x232 Alejandro Bedoya: One to Watch For the US National Team

With one former Boston College Eagle making a major impact on the US National Team, another seems poised to get his first senior team call up in the next several months.

Alejandro Bedoya is now playing regularly in Sweden with Orebro SK, in the critical attacking midfield role on the left side. Considering the lack of depth in the player pool particularly at that position, Bedoya should be expected to get a run out in the very near future.

While it is true that Robbie Rogers has been in the US pool for a very long time and he won an MLS Cup, Bedoya must be given a look given his success in Europe (where Rogers tried but failed) and the because the example of Davies shines brightly in favor of College Soccer and Boston College in particular for this US team.

Rogers, probably is not World Cup caliber left sided midfielder, and since Landon Donovan is most comfortable pushing inside, perhaps Bedoya needs to get a run out soon to see if he can fill a critical reserve role for the US side. Bedoya is not ready to start for the US yet, but has been baptized by fire at BC and in Sweden the same way as Davies was.

Like Davies, Bedoya has been under the radar throughout most of his development years. Growing up in south Florida, the youngster was on some of the top youth teams in the Weston Area (his current youth team is just joining the USSF Development Academy this year) but it was at St Thomas Aquinas High School where he really made his mark.

At the Alma Matar of Brian Piccolo and Michael Irvin among others, Soccer is a sport that too has been very successful. In 2005, St Thomas won the Florida State Championship and Bedoya was mentioned among the top High School soccer players in the state.

But at a time when Jozy Altidore from just down the road in Boca Raton was on the fast track to remarkable success, Bedoya ended up going to college. Around that time, several other top prospects from Florida, including Dax McCarty and Nate Sturgis turned pro early, heading to MLS.

Bedoya stayed put at BC, however for a few years where he played with Davies (whom he would play against in Sweden) and being nominated for the Hermann Trophy. He got a run out with the US U-23 team under Peter Nowak, but was not selected for the Olympic qualifiers or the final team in 2008.

This player is now without question on the USMNT radar. The question is when does Bob Bradley pull the trigger and give him a look?

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A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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9 Responses to Alejandro Bedoya: One to Watch For the US National Team

  1. Rob says:

    Never heard of him, so I went digging. According to his stats on Soccerway.com, he’s made 18 Apperances netting two goals and 1 Yellow Card.

    He scored both his goals in the same game, a game in which he was subbed in at the 74th, and a game in which his team was down 2. Youtube Description:
    “Alejandro Bedoya comes on as a substitute in the game away at BK Häcken. ÖSK is losing 2-0 but “Ale” finds the net twice in fifteen minutes as he scores his first, and second, goal in Allsvenskan and is the sole reason ÖSK leaves Gothenburg with one point.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVOSaavv3wI

  2. Colombiano says:

    Wow Bradley better pick this kid up he has colombian decent!!! Pick him up now we need him against the hondurans!! USA and Colombia tu PAPA!!!

  3. zhe fulano says:

    I am glad to see BB looking at new and developing talent. Bedoya is not someone I have heard a lot about, but what I have seen suggests he is mature and well-disciplined on the pitch while steadily improving. Given the chance, let’s see what he can do.

  4. zhe fulano says:

    Time to follow up on the three original posts.

    Those who saw the friendly last night against Honduras saw Bedoya come in during the second half. It was real obvious to me right away that he had a much, much better feel for where he needed to position himself than anyone else on the U.S. side. He paced himself well. He had the highest soccer I.Q. of any U.S. player last night. I would have liked to have seen him and Rogers together.

    Bradley likes to play “B” teams to see who has “A” team potential. Bedoya is young. He will only get better. If last night was a taste of what this young man’s future holds, he will soon be on the “A” team for years to come. Give him some time to play alongside Donovan and Dempsey and watch out. Let’s what he does in Tampa.

  5. SEÑOR

    ALEJANDRO BEDOYA

    VEO QUE HA TENIDO MUCHO EXITO EN EL DEPORTE, TAMBIEN CREO QUE LO MEJOR ESTA POR VENIR

    EXITOR MUCHACHO

    HAY TODO UN CAMINO POR RECORRER, A MI PARECER EL FUTURO ES AHORA

  6. JAMES says:

    ESTE ES UNA DE LAS GRANDES PROMESAS AMERICANAS VA A SER UN JUGAR BUENO Y COMPRADO POR MUCHOS EQUIPOS DE EXPERIENCIA ESPERO QUE TRIUNFE DONDE ESTE Y LA SELECCION DE USA VA ESTAR MUY COMPLACIDO DE HABERLO LLAMADO A VERDADERAMENTE UN LIDER EN LA CANCHA Y SU NOMBRE ES ALEJANDRO BEDOYA CON EL NUMERO 17…

  7. SI MAL NO ESTOY
    AQUI HUBO UN JUGADOR MUY BUENO DEMASIADO BUENO, CON EL NUMERO 17 (JHON EDISON CASTAÑO)

    ALEJANDRO BEDOYA, VA A TENER MAS SEGUIDORES DE LOS QUE EL MISMO SE IMAGINA, LA GLOBALIZACION ESTÁ A SU FAVOR, LA TECNOLOGÍA, HARÁ QUE SUS SEGUIDORES, AUN ESTANDO A GRANDES DISTANCIAS, ESTARAN MAS CERCA Y MAS INFORMADOS.

    ALEJANDRO RECUERDE QUE LA ENERGIA POSITIVA NO TIENE FRONTERAS

    EXITOS

  8. zhe fulano says:

    Sin duda, el arbitraje comprometió el juego. Hace dificil asesorar el verdadero valor de los esfuerzos de los jugadores de EUA – todos jóvenes.

    No obstante, los cambios realizados por el técnico Bradley en el segundo tiempo notablemente mejoraron el rendimiento del equipo Norte Americano. Alejandro Bedoya fue gran contribuyente al esfuerzo superior. Atacó bien. Retrocedió para asistir en defensa. El punto clave es que en el juego contra Honduras Alejandro Bedoya se veía mucho más maduro que la mayoría de sus compañeros. Considerando su papel como novato, este joven cumplió bien con sus deberes como mediocampista.

    Veo gran futuro para el señor Bedoya.

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