Alejandro Bedoya

  • DOB April 29, 1987
  • Age 29
  • Place of birth Englewood, New Jersey
  • POSITION Midfielder
  • HEIGHT 5'10"
  • WEIGHT 160
  • U.S. CAPS 55
  • CLUB Nantes
  • TWITTER @alebedoya17 (218K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 6
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 4
Ambition and a willingness to carve his own path are two things that Alejandro Bedoya has never lacked. And that attitude, as well as some pretty good performances on the field, seem to have endeared the Florida native to Jurgen Klinsmann.

Lightly recruited by colleges as a youth player, Bedoya began his NCAA career at lightly regarded Fairleigh-Dickinson, his father’s alma mater. But after two seasons he went searching for tougher competition and found it when he transferred to Boston College, which competes in the ACC, the toughest conference in college soccer.

After two seasons at BC that saw him emerge as the top midfielder in his class, Bedoya passed on MLS and in 2009, weeks removed from the end of his college career, he signed with Swedish club Örebro. In the summer of 2011 he made a big leap to Rangers only to be there when the Scottish giants were put into receivership and relegated to Scotland's fourth tier.

Like most of his teammates, Bedoya bolted Rangers and he briefly returned to Sweden with Helsingborg, where he won several suitors with a strong showing in the UEFA Cup. That led to a transfer in the summer of 2013 to French club Nantes, where he quickly became a regular starter.

With the U.S., Bedoya became a regular under Bob Bradley’s watch and was one of the final cuts for the 2010 World Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann ignored Bedoya the first part of his tenure but after the strong showings in Sweden he was recalled in 2013 and earned Klinsmann’s praise and helped the U.S. win the Gold Cup.

Klinsmann likes Bedoya’s ability to play either flank and that he can create in the attack but still do a solid day’s work defensively and that led to him playing all four games for the U.S. in Brazil, including three starts. —BROOKE TUNSTALL

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