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More Than Worth It

The U.S. MNT closed out the 10-day European trip with a solid performance in the 1-1 draw against No. 12-ranked Switzerland.

A Veteran Voice: Bedoya Looks Beyond Immediate Results

For the U.S. Men’s National Team, another camp in the books meant another 10 days for a group of players to come together and go to work in both training, and against opponents like Denmark and Switzerland.

Alejandro Bedoya, a veteran of these camps, knows how important they are.

“The last 10 days have been what I think we set out for them to be, which is, we tried to come in and get better and at the same time involve these younger guys and get them more experience and understanding of what it takes to play for the National Team on the international scene,” said Bedoya. “We were able to work on different formations with players in different positions, and that can only be better for our game and continued development.”

The camp allowed some of the veterans, like Bedoya, to gain experience with the newer faces. Two of those were goalkeeper William Yarbrough and center back Ventura Alvarado, who both earned their first cap with the U.S. MNT during this camp.

“I feel like the National Team, at the moment, is a lot younger than it maybe was before,” said Bedoya.
“I think being together for 10 days here in Europe; it allowed us to integrate ourselves more with each other not only on the field, but off the field as well. That translates to our performances. We were able to have different options, different formations, different looks and play alongside different players. For the new guys coming up and getting chances, this is going to give them experience and give them more confidence and motivation moving forward.”

Despite the tough 2-3 loss to Denmark on March 25, holding off No. 12-ranked Switzerland to a 1-1 draw while playing with 10 men in the last 22 minutes on March 31, was a valuable opportunity that gave players the chance for performances they can build on.

“Obviously, it’s frustrating to lose like we did against Denmark where we had the lead twice, but there are many positives to take from that game as we continue to work on our high pressure and different elements. With the result against Switzerland, which is a really good side, I think we put in a great effort all around. I think we outplayed them in the first half, and then in the second half, with the circumstances and playing a man down, it made it a lot tougher, but I think the effort was there and there were definitely some bright spots that we can take forward.”

Ultimately, the time spent on the training pitch and playing two games against quality European teams on the road over the past 10 days will only help the team as it continues preparation for the 2015 Gold Cup.

“[The Gold Cup] is the ultimate goal, and these friendlies allow us to tinker around and play with different things, whether it’s players taking different responsibilities or trying out different formations, to seeing who steps up, and what works and what doesn’t,” said Bedoya. “That what these friendlies are for, and that’s more important than results. The results are going to matter when the Gold Cup comes around, and hopefully all these games that we’ve played, we’ll serve us as the right preparation for the summer.”

Highlights: MNT Claims Result in Zurich against Switzerland

Brek Shea’s first-half, free-kick goal helped steer the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 1-1 draw against No.-12 ranked Switzerland at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich

Short, Short, Long: MNT Friendlies in Europe Serve Dual Purpose

The U.S. MNT's friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland in Europe have provided head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the squad an opportunity to try out some new faces alongside the team's core group in the short term. However, the long goal is eyeing players who will help the USA win this summer's important edition of the Gold Cup.

Gallery: From Aarhus to Zurich, USMNT's European Training Camp

Ahead of its next match, the U.S. MNT has traveled and trained across Europe from Aarhus, Denmark to its base camp in Zurich, Switzerland. The USA faces Switzerland on March 31 at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. Fans can also get all the latest on the U.S. MNT on social media. 

              

A pacey winger with technical ability, positional savvy and the ability to set-up or strike a goal, Bedoya has steadily risen to prominence with both club and country since joining Scottish Premier League side Rangers in 2011. He was part of the USA’s preliminary 30-man roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup but did not make the trip to South Africa. In 2011, Bedoya parlayed an impressive showing during the USA’s run to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final into his career-launching move to Rangers and was again a driving force for the USA’s Gold Cup run in 2013, as he scored his first international goal in a warm-up friendly against Guatemala and supplied the winning assist to Brek Shea in the final against Panama to help the U.S. claim its fifth tournament title. After his move to Nantes in 2013, Bedoya's performance has earned him loud praise which was solidifed when he was named to the 23-man USA roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

  • Scored his second career international goal in a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3, 2014 in Prague 
  • Has played in 11 and started 10 games for the U.S. MNT in 2014
  • Started at midfield in the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1 against Belgium
  • Started the U.S. MNT's first two games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Ghana and Portugal, and came on a second-half sub in the final game of the group stage against Germany
  • Started nine of 12 matches for the U.S. in 2013, including playing a pivotal role in the team’s capture of the CONCACAF Gold Cup title and finishing atop its World Cup qualifying group for the third consecutive cycle.
  • Put himself on the map in 2011 with an eye-catching performance at the Gold Cup, helping the U.S. reach the tournament final
  • Debuted for national team in 2010 and made six appearances
  • Got his first start on Aug. 10 against Brazil, and again in the 1-0 victory against South Africa
  • Helped Örebro qualify for the Europa League after they finished third in Sweden’s Allsvenskan 
  • Trained with both the U.S. U-20 and U-23 National Teams while still in school at Boston College

2014: Scored his second career international goal in a 1-0 victory against Czech Republic on Sept.3, 2014 in Prague … Has started 10 matches and appeared in 11 for the U.S. in 2014, including four at the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Started against Belgium in the Round of 16, against Ghana in the World Cup opener on June 16 and in the second game against Portugal on June 22. Also came on as a second-half sub in the final game of the group stage against Germany ... 2013: Had a breakout year, starting nine of the 12 matches he appeared in and scoring his first international goal in a 6-0 friendly win against Guatemala in a warm up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup … Started three of the USA’s final four games at the Gold Cup and served up the winning assist (his first for the U.S. MNT) to Break Shea in the final against Panama to help the team secure its fifth tournament title … Started five of the team’s final six matches of the year, including the first three World Cup Qualifiers of his career … 2012: Did not feature for the MNT … 2011: Made seven appearances for the USA including five straight in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the final three of which were starts … Played in a pair of friendlies against Chile and Spain … 2010: Named to the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and participating in the training camp in Princeton, N.J. … Played against the Czech Republic on May 25 as part of the World Cup Send-Off Series … Earned his first international start against Brazil on Aug 10 … Started against South Africa in the 1-0 win on Nov. 17 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town … Received his first cap with the U.S. MNT on Jan. 23, coming on as a second half sub in a 3-1 loss to Honduras Under-23s: Called in for a January 2008 training camp as the team was preparing for Olympic qualifying … First Goal: July 6, 2013, vs. Guatemala 

2014: Has appeared in 10 games for Nantes, starting seven and playing all 630 minutes to help his club currently sit in fifth in Ligue 1 standings... 2013: Joined newly promoted Nantes in France … Made Ligue 1 debut against PSG … 2012: Finished the 2011-2012 Scottish Premier League season with Rangers … As the Glasgow club entered administration, took short term deal with Helsingborg of Sweden … Scored two goals in the UEFA Europa League action with Swedish club … 2011: Joined Glasgow Rangers from Orebro … Made his league debut on Aug. 28 … 2010-2009: Joined Orebro of Sweden, making his club debut on April 6, 2009


 

Earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the Carroll School of Management in May 2009 … Earned Senior Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors at Boston College’s All-Sports Banquet in May 2009 … Born to Colombian parents … His father, Adriano, played professional soccer in Colombia, as did his grandfather, Fabio ... His sister, Marcela, and brother, Santiago, both played collegiate sports ... Enjoys playing tennis, basketball and football in the offseason.

One of three players in Boston College program history to earn All-America honors twice ... As a senior in 2009 was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy recognizing the top player in college soccer ... Earned NSCAA All-America second-team honors; also received NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region first-team recognition ... Captured College Soccer News All-America second-team honors ... Earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team recognition.

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