Bedoya playing for the United States in 2011
|Full name||Alejandro Bedoya|
|Date of birth||April 29, 1987|
|Place of birth||Englewood, New Jersey, United States|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder / Winger|
|2005–2006||Fairleigh Dickinson Knights|
|2007–2008||Boston College Eagles|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Alejandro Bedoya (born April 29, 1987) is an American international soccer player who plays professionally for French club Nantes as an attacking midfielder or winger. Following a successful collegiate soccer career, Bedoya moved to Europe, playing for Örebro SK in Sweden, then Scottish giants Rangers before moving back to Sweden with Helsingborgs IF.
While college seniors often enter the MLS SuperDraft, Bedoya chose to explore options abroad. In late 2008, he signed a contract with Allsvenskan club Örebro and joined the club on January 7, 2009. On April 6, he made his debut for Örebro, coming on as a substitute in the 73rd minute. He scored his first goal for Örebro when he gave the team a 1–0 lead against Halmstads BK in the Swedish Cup. Over the course of the season, Bedoya worked his way into the starting line-up and became a mainstay at central midfield in Örebro's 4-3-3 formation. In February 2011, Bedoya was given a trial at English Premier League side Birmingham City, but was not signed.
On July 21, 2011, it was announced Bedoya had agreed to personal terms with Rangers F.C., pending the approval of a work permit, with a view to joining in January 2012, once the Swedish football season was finished. However, Rangers and Örebro agreed an undisclosed fee on August 17, 2011, allowing him to join Rangers immediately.
Bedoya made his debut as a second half substitute in a Scottish Premier League match against Aberdeen on August 28, 2011. He scored his first Rangers goal in a 5-0 victory over Dundee United on May 2, 2012 to help secure second place for the Glasgow club.
When Rangers entered administration (and were later liquidated), Bedoya signed a short-term contract with Swedish champions Helsingborgs IF on August 10, 2012. On August 18, 2012, in his debut with the club, Bedoya scored an overhead kick goal in his team's 2-1 loss to Elfsborg. He started both games for Helsingborg in the home-and-away series against Glasgow Celtic in the UEFA Champions League; the Swedish champions were eliminated on a 4-0 aggregate. Helsingborg were sent into the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League group stage where they finished in third place and Bedoya scored two goals against Hannover 96 and FC Twente. Bedoya received a number of offers after his contract expired with Helsingborg but decided to stay for at least another six months.
On August 7, 2013, Bedoya joined newly promoted Ligue 1 side Nantes. He went on to make his first Ligue 1 appearance for Nantes against reigning champions PSG on 25 August. Bedoya's first goal for the club came in Nantes' 1-0 victory over AC Ajaccio on 19 October, when he scored the only goal three minutes from time to extend the club's winning run to four games in a row. Following the match, his manager, Michel Der Zakarian, praised Bedoya for his intelligent play and technical excellence. Bedoya scored his second goal for the club, and first at Nantes' home ground the Stade de la Beaujoire, on 3 December, notching Nantes' equalizing goal in an eventual 2-1 victory over struggling Valenciennes. Bedoya continued his scoring run on 6 December, netting the game's only goal in Nantes' defeat of Marseille, a result which lifted Nantes into fourth place and caused the sacking of Marseille manager Élie Baup.
On December 22, 2009, Bedoya received his first call up to train with the senior United States national team. Training in Carson, California began for Bedoya and the other players called up on January 4, 2010, leading up to a friendly match in Carson against the Honduran national team on January 23. In the 61st minute of this match, when the US was down 3-0 and was playing with ten men, Bedoya earned his first senior cap. Bedoya was named to the preliminary 30-man roster for the 2010 World Cup, and played against the Czech Republic in a tune-up friendly, but was cut from the final 23 roster. He earned his first international start in a friendly against Brazil in August 2010. He was added to the 23-man roster for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup when Benny Feilhaber was unable to play due to an injury sustained while playing for his club team, the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.
On July 5, 2013, Bedoya scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Guatemala at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Bedoya was included in the United States roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping the national side to its first Gold Cup championship in six years.
|01.||July 5, 2013||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States||Guatemala||
- As of October 11, 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Sweden||League||Svenska Cupen||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2011–12||Rangers||Scottish Premier League||12||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||13||1|
|Sweden||League||Svenska Cupen||League Cup||Europe||Total|
- As of October 16, 2013
- Bondy, Stefan. "Englewood native Alejandro Bedoya vies for U.S. spot", The Record (Bergen County), May 25, 2010. Accessed February 16, 2011.
- "Birmingham give trial to US midfielder Alejandro Bedoya". BBC Sport. February 21, 2011.
- "Rangers seal deals for Lee Wallace & Alejandro Bedoya". BBC Sport. July 21, 2011.
- "Rangers sign Orebro's Alejandro Bedoya for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. August 17, 2011.
- "Rangers 2-0 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. August 28, 2011.
- "Alejandro Bedoya leaves Rangers for Celtic's Euro opponents". BBC Sport (BBC). August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
- "UEFA Europa League - Alejandro Bedoya". UEFA. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- "Nantes 1-2 PSG: Lavezzi leaves it late to give Blanc first win". Goal.com. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Four wins in four for Nantes". Sky Sports. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Nantes boss hails Alejandro Bedoya". ESPNFC. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Nantes 2-1 Valenciennes". ESPNFC. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Bedoya winner lifts Nantes". ESPNFC. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Elie Baup n’est plus l’entraîneur de l’OM" (in French). Olympique de Marseille Official Website. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Nowak Names Roster for 2008 Olympic Games". US Soccer. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "U.S. Falls 3-1 To Honduras In Opening Match of 2010". US Soccer. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "U.S. Head Coach Bob Bradley Names 23 Players to Represent the United States at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa". US Soccer. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
- "Alejandro Bedoya Has Replaced Benny Feilhaber on U.S. Roster for 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup". US Soccer. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Player Ratings: U.S. (6) vs. Guatemala (0)". NY Times. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Klinsmann Names 23-Player Roster to Compete in 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup". US Soccer. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "U.S. beats Panama 1-0 to win Gold Cup". USA Today. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Alejandro Bedoya career stats at Soccerbase
- Profile at Boston College Eagles website
- Profile at Örebro SK website
- Profile at Swedish FA website
- Alejandro Bedoya at National-Football-Teams.com