JON VAN WAGENEN - Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya raised expectations during his first chances with the full US national team in friendlies versus Honduras and Holland and hopes to force Bob Bradley's hand come June.
Bedoya is starting to build momentum towards a World Cup appearance with solid play for his club in central Sweden.
"I usually get the question ‘what are your chances of going'?'" Bedoya told Yanks Abroad. "Honestly, I don't know what my chances are. I don't have a percentage."
Despite being uncertain, the midfielder hopes to remain on Bradley's radar with stellar play in the Swedish top league.
"Everything depends on how I play here," explained Bedoya. "I'm sure the coaches, Bob or staff are keeping track of me through DVDs or somehow. But I just try to keep playing well. I go out here and play for Orebro and this is the club I play for every day. My chances of going are going to depend on how I play here."
Making the preliminary 30 man roster, due May 11, and being called to the New Jersey training camp in May would be the first step.
"That's another two or three weeks to showcase and see what I have," the 22-year old from Florida said.
"Honestly I don't think about it too much," he added. "Obviously it's in the back of your mind, it's the World Cup, the biggest stage in the world. But I try not to think about it too much. I don't want to put to much pressure on myself."
After a disappointing start, to the season, Örebro has won two straight, thanks to a Bedoya header in Bromma and an assist in Gävle.
"We talk about being offensive and defensive, but I think that lately, in the last few games I've been finding myself open higher up because that's where the spaces were," Bedoya said of his recent play. "I've been able to find spaces behind the midfielders and in front of the back four."
While the systems of the national team and his club vary, Bedoya tries to play to his strengths.
"Everybody says this guy runs like an animal, but I feel like I run with a purpose," continued Bedoya. "I always try to find space and get open."
The Örebro system setup by Finnish coach Sixten Bostrom is one that Bedoya says has allowed him to develop.
"In the 4-3-3 that we play, we have the defensive midfielder and then we have (left midfielder) Nordin Gerzic who is better at holding the ball he kind of comes back and gets the ball more" he discussed. "I'm more of a guy who makes opens up more space with runs."
With the national team the position changes, but Bedoya continues to offer flair.
"I play outside mid, so it's a totally different role," he concluded. "But I try to do some of the same things, you know I come inside or get in behind, so its kind of similar. That's what makes me the player that I am, is my off the ball movement. That's what makes me different than everybody."