For Philadelphia Union, CCL debut marks progression of club
The Philadelphia Union will open up their 2021 season with a trip to Costa Rica to face Deportivo Saprissa in the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Designated Player on August 3, 2016 after Philadelphia secured No. 1 spot in Allocation Ranking Order. Signed a contract extension through 2021, with an option for 2022, on February 27, 2020.
Alejandro Bedoya is a versatile and technically gifted midfielder who has ample international experience, including captaining the U.S. through the first half of the 2017 Gold Cup. Bedoya can play either on the wing or in the middle and is known for his fantastic work rate, soccer IQ and passing ability.
INTERNATIONAL: Bedoya has been a reliable option for the USMNT over the past seven years, earning 65 career caps. Bedoya, who was born in Englewood, N.J., appeared in all four World Cup matches for the USMNT in 2014, and was a driving force in the team’s semifinal run during the 2016 Copa America Centenario. Overall, he’s scored two goals and handed out eight assists in his international career.
OUTSIDE MLS: Bedoya joined the Union from FC Nantes of France’s Ligue 1. He originally joined the club in August, 2013, and immediately made an impact for the newly-promoted club by playing in 31 league games and registering five goals. Overall, during his three years in France, Bedoya played in 87 league games and scored 11 goals. He also added three goals in nine cup games. Bedoya has also had professional time with Helsinborgs IF (2012-13), Rangers FC (2011-12) and Orebo SK (2009-11). Bedoya signed with Sweden’s Orebo after a successful collegiate career at Boston College. He spent one year in Scotland before returning to the Allsvenskan (the top flight of Swedish football), with Helsinborg.
COLLEGE: Played at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Boston College.