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ALEJANDRO BEDOYA
France Nantes (Ligue 1)
#19 | Midfielder
Birth Date
Birth Place
Height/Weight
US Caps/Goals
April 25, 1987 (Age: 27)
Englewood, New Jersey
5' 10", 161 lbs (1.78 m, 73 kg)
20/1
GP
27
S
19
M
1,853
G
5
A
0
YC
2
RC
0
OG
0
Club Career
After a collegiate career with Fairleigh Dickinson University and Boston College, Bedoya signed on with Swedish Allsvenskan side Írebro SK at the end of 2008 and joined the club in January of 2009 prior to the start of the Allsvenskan season.

Bedoya quickly made an impact in Sweden. Although he began his rookie season as a substitute, by the end of the year he had forced himself into Írebro's lineup. By 2010, he became a stalwart in Írebro's midfield and earned plaudits as one of the club's best players.

Transfer speculation swirled around Bedoya in the summer of 2011 as the midfielder's contract lasted only until the end of the season and he had indicated he would not stay in Sweden. Bedoya ultimately signed a pre-contract to join Rangers in January 2012. However, Rangers eventually reached an agreement on a transfer fee with Írebro to make the transfer effective in August 2011.

Bedoya struggled with Rangers. He was dogged by minor injuries and found it difficult to break into the team while battling for fitness. In August 2012, with Rangers mired in the fourth level of Scottish soccer after the club's financial meltdown, Bedoya returned to Sweden on a short-term deal with Helsingborgs IF.

Bedoya found success in Sweden once again and extended his short-term deal with Helsingborg through the summer of 2013, hoping that the busier summer transfer window would lead to better opportunities. This decision paid off: the midfielder came out of the gate firing on all cylinders in the 2013 Allsvenskan season. Coupled with a strong showing with the US at the Gold Cup, Bedoya earned a move to Ligue 1's FC Nantes.

International Career

Bedoya saw his first senior team action in early 2010 at the annual January camp and he impressed enough to garner more looks from Bob Bradley during the spring. Bedoya made the preliminary 30-man roster for the 2010 World Cup, although he was not included in the final squad.

Bedoya was not initially selected for the 2011 Gold Cup team, but joined the team after a late injury to Benny Feilhaber. The midfielder made the most of the unexpected opportunity, appearing in five of six games and starting all three matches in the knockout round.

Bedoya's fortunes with the national team took a turn for the worse upon his move to Rangers, which resulted in little playing time. However, he rejuvenated his career after leaving Scotland and was selected for the 2013 Gold Cup squad.

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