Alejandro Bedoya

Alejandro Bedoya (born April 29, 1987) is an American international soccer player who plays professionally for American club Philadelphia Union as an attacking midfielder or winger.

Alejandro Bedoya
Playing for Philadelphia Union in 2017
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Bedoya[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-29) April 29, 1987
Place of birth Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 11
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 35 (13)
2007–2008 Boston College Eagles 37 (14)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Örebro SK 65 (8)
2011–2012 Rangers 12 (1)
2012–2013 Helsingborgs IF 21 (6)
2013–2016 Nantes 87 (11)
2016– Philadelphia Union 103 (13)
National team
2010–2017 United States 66 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 11, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 14, 2017


Bedoya, of Colombian descent, was born in New Jersey and raised in Weston, Florida,[2] where he played youth soccer for local clubs; AYSO, Weston Fury,[3] and FUTSOC USA ENIGMA Elite.[4] His father, Adriano, played professional soccer in Colombia with Millonarios, and his grandfather, Fabio, played for Deportes Quindío.[5]

Club career

Örebro SK

While college seniors often enter the MLS SuperDraft, Bedoya chose to explore options abroad. In late 2008, he signed a contract with Swedish club Örebro SK and joined the club on January 7, 2009. On April 6, he made his debut for Örebro SK coming on as a substitute in the 73rd minute. He scored his first goal for Örebro SK when he gave the team a 1–0 lead against Assyriska FF in the Svenska Cupen. Over the course of the season, Bedoya worked his way into the starting line-up and became a mainstay at central midfield in Örebro SK 4–3–3 formation. In February 2011, Bedoya was given a trial at English Premier League side Birmingham City, but was not signed.[6]


On July 21, 2011, it was announced that Bedoya had agreed to personal terms with Scottish club Rangers, pending the approval of a work permit,[7] with a view to joining in January 2012, once the Allsvenskan season was finished. However, Örebro SK and Rangers agreed an undisclosed fee on August 17, 2011, allowing him to join Rangers immediately.[8]

Bedoya made his debut as a second-half substitute in a Scottish Premier League match against Aberdeen on August 28, 2011.[9] 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.[10]

Helsingborgs IF

When Rangers entered administration, Bedoya signed a short-term contract with Allsvenskan champions Helsingborgs IF on August 10, 2012.[11] 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 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.[12] Bedoya received a number of offers after his contract expired with Helsingborg but decided to stay for at least another six months.[13]

FC Nantes

On August 7, 2013, Bedoya joined newly promoted Ligue 1 side Nantes.[14] He went on to make his first Ligue 1 appearance for Nantes against reigning champions PSG on August 25, 2013.[15] Bedoya's first goal for the club came in Nantes' 1–0 victory over AC Ajaccio on October 19, 2013 when he scored the only goal three minutes from time to extend the club's winning run to four games in a row.[16] Following the match, his manager, Michel Der Zakarian, praised Bedoya for his intelligent play and technical excellence.[17] Bedoya scored his second goal for the club, and first at Nantes' home ground the Stade de la Beaujoire, on December 3, 2013 notching Nantes' equalizing goal in an eventual 2–1 victory over struggling Valenciennes.[18] Bedoya continued his scoring run on December 6, 2013 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.[19][20] On February 10, 2016, Bedoya scored the winning goal with a header in the 118th minute for FC Nantes in a Coupe de France match against FC Girondins de Bordeaux.[21]

Philadelphia Union

On August 3, 2016, Bedoya joined Philadelphia Union from Nantes for a reported $1 million transfer fee.[22]

On August 4, 2019, Bedoya scored in the third minute of a 5–1 victory for the Union over D.C. United at Audi Field and celebrated by taking an on-field microphone to say "Congress, do something now. End gun violence," in response to recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.[23] His statement, which was aired live on Fox Sports 1, resulted in national attention but no punishment or fine from the league. Bedoya also won the MLS Player of the Week for his performance during the match.[24]

International career

He was part of the United States U-23 national team preparing for the 2008 Summer Olympics; however, he was not selected for the squad that traveled to China.[25]

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 U.S. was down 3–0 and was playing with ten men, Bedoya earned his first senior cap.[26] 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-man roster.[27] 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.[28]

On July 5, 2013, Bedoya scored his first international goal in a friendly match against Guatemala at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.[29] Bedoya was included in the United States roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup,[30] helping the national side to its first Gold Cup championship in six years.[31][32] Bedoya was part of the United States squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and played in all four of the U.S. games.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 5, 2013 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States  Guatemala
2. September 3, 2014 Generali Arena, Prague, Czech Republic  Czech Republic

Career statistics


As of August 4, 2019[35][36][37][38][39]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2009Örebro SKAllsvenskan252310000283
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011–12RangersScottish Premier League121001000131
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2012Helsingborgs IFAllsvenskan91000082173
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2013–14NantesLigue 1315001100326
United States League U.S. Open Cup MLS Cup Playoffs CONCACAF Total
2016Philadelphia UnionMLS101001100112
Total Sweden 8614103008210519
Scotland 121001000131
France 87116231009614
United States 103951320010314
Career Total 28235216528232447


As of June 29, 2019[40]
National teamYearAppsGoals
United States 201060


United States


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