DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Örebro midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has joined the US National Team camp in North Carolina as they prepare for their upcoming friendly match against Spain and the Gold Cup to follow immediately afterwards.
An ankle injury suffered by Benny Feilhaber during New England's game over the weekend against the Los Angeles Galaxy prompted the call to Bedoya, however his official addition to the roster will likely depend on the outcome of tests to determine the severity of Feilhaber's injury.
Should Feilhaber's ankle injury prove severe enough to keep him out of the Gold Cup, Bradley has until the evening of June 6 - or 24 hours before the team's first group game against Canada - to make any necessary changes to his roster for the tournament.
Örebro has a two-week break in Allsvenskan play until their next game against Trelleborgs FF on June 13, meaning the former Boston College Eagle will not miss any games with his team unless he is included in Bob Bradley's squad.
In the event he is added to the roster, Bedoya stands to miss a total of three league games for Örebro, as well as their June 16 Swedish Cup quarterfinal match against Åtvidabergs FF - should the US advance to the Gold Cup final on June 25.
The midfielder's omission from the original 23 players called into camp came as somewhat of a surprise as he had impressed so far with Örebro this season, racking up four goals to help the team reach fifth in league standings and reach the quarterfinals of the Swedish Cup.
He earned his first international cap in January, 2010 against Honduras, and has gone on to make a total of seven appearances, with his first start coming against Brazil in August.
Although included in Bradley's preliminary 30-man roster prior to the 2010 World Cup, he was not included in the final squad which traveled to South Africa.