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- DOB April 29, 1987
- Age 27
- Place of birth Englewood, New Jersey
- POSITION Midfielder
- HEIGHT 5'10"
- WEIGHT 160
- U.S. CAPS 29
- CLUB Nantes
- TWITTER @alebedoya17 (209K followers)
- Current ASN 100 Rank 13
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 14
WORLD CUP STATUS: ON THE PLANE
Alejandro Bedoya was off the national team radar for a while but has burst back on in a big way.
The midfielder made an ill-fated decision to leave the Swedish side Orebro and move to Glasgow Rangers. A budding star and regular starter at Orebro, Bedoya struggled to secure playing time in Scotland. While his American teammates Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra played nearly every weekend, Bedoya made just five starts for the big club.
In 2012, when Rangers’ financial woes forced the team to leave the Scottish Premier League and join the country’s fourth tier, Bedoya left, returning to the Swedish Allsvenskan. Bedoya scored a spectacular bicycle kick in his August 2012 debut with Helsingborgs—an omen of what was to come. He became one of the best players in Sweden, which earned him a move to Ligue 1.
“I think Helsingborgs is a good move,” Bedoya told The New York Times upon returning to Sweden. “It feels a bit awkward to be back, but maybe sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward. The intention is that it would be a short-term deal where I could help the club, maybe get seen for another move that will further my career and help me get back with the national team.”
He was able to work back into the Stars and Stripes setup, starring in the team that won the 2013 Gold Cup and making a surprise start when the U.S. hosted Mexico in Columbus - a 2-0 victory.
An energetic, tightly sprung attacking midfielder, Bedoya still doesn't possess a great first touch, but he is nothing if not ambitious. He is always willing to take on defenders at any opportunity, but his tendency to give away the ball too easily makes him a defensive liability at times. H He has had some shining performances for Nantes but at times has been left wanting for more playing time.
If bloodlines matter, Bedoya is covered in that department. Both his father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia, and Alejandro’s younger brother, Santiago, signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, but didn’t catch on with the club.