- Date of BirthApril 29, 1987
- HometownWeston, Fla.
- ClubNantes (France)
- World CupCaps:4
Bedoya was born to Columbian parents and his dad, Adriano, also played professional soccer
USMNTStarted at midfield in the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1 against Belgium
Appeared in all three of the group stage matches for the U.S. in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, starting the opener for the U.S. against Ghana on June 16 and the second game against Portugal on June 22, and coming on as a second-half sub against Germany
Bedoya was named to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster as a replacement player
Bedoya earned his first Cap early in 2010 and skyrocketed into the American consciousness. Though he held a spot on the 30-man World Cup roster, he was among the last cut before South Africa.
Youth National Teams
He transferred to Scottish powerhouse Rangers in the summer of 2011, making 12 appearances, but returned to Sweden (Helsingborgs IF) in 2012 when the club entered administration.
In 2010, Bedoya earned a regular starting spot and helped Örebro qualify for the Europa League after they finished third in Sweden’s Allsvenskan
Signed his first professional contract with Örebro in early 2009
He played his freshman and sophomore seasons for Farleigh Dickenson University.
Bedoya won a state high school title at St. Thomas Aquinas. He also was a highly accomplished club player, serving as a part of several state and regional titles.
Honors earned2009 NCAA All-American
2008 NCAA All-American
2005 High School Soccer Player of the Year, State of Florida
Career Club History Map
Bedoya earned a B.S. in marketing from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College in May 2009
Bedoya was born to Colombian parents, Adriano and Julieta. His father played professional soccer in Colombia (Millonarios-2nd Division) and Quindío (Reserves) and semi-professionally in the U.S. His grandfather Fabio Duque also played in Colombia. His sister, Marcela, and brother, Santiago, both played collegiate soccer at Northeastern University in Boston. Comments Cesar Aguirre, “Alejandro’s approach to life is directly related to his father’s teachings. He does things by the book, shows great work ethic and makes the most of anything before him.”
His father Adriano says: “I am Colombian by birth and was given a chance by to represent Farleigh Dickenson University via a full soccer scholarship back in 1981. My dream came through. I always aspired to come to USA, play soccer, and hopefully earn a degree in International Business and travel the world around. Interestingly enough, Alejandro ended up playing his first two college years at FDU and then he was recruited by the same coach that trained me at FDU, Coach Ed Kelly, who offered him a full scholarship to play for him at Boston College, who was initially the college I wanted to attend. Small world indeed. Speaking of International Business, it was always important for my wife and I to teach our kids to see more of the world and appreciate their surroundings and diverse cultures at all times.”
Bedoya watched countless games with his dad and considers him central to his development. He was always objective about his play. Says his dad, “Alejandro always wanted to continue playing. I’d ask him to come into the house for dinner or to leave the practice field to go eat, but he always wanted to continue playing. He was also not especially interested in playing video games…he’d rather be on the field. I felt he had the desire and discipline to be a good player, and provided whatever I could to help him develop.”
Bedoya has vivid memories of leaving church on Sundays to watch European and South American soccer, primarily the Argentine league. As a student of the game, his favorite team was River Plate, together with Barcelona (his dad’s favorites) and his favorite player back then was Ariel “Burrito” Ortega. Says his dad laughing, “I don’t know if that was good or bad, but we loved River Plate. Ortega was a very skillful player, but I also admired his knowledge of the game and how he approached his on-field responsibilities. I’d watch these games with Alejandro and show him how Ortega played, how he approached his defensive responsibilities and use that as a tool to help him grow as a player. As Alejandro became more serious about his soccer career, so too was the way that we watched soccer.”
It is also important to his dad that Alejandro remained humble, “I was the son of a dentist in Colombia, but I had to work very hard on my own to make it in the US – sweeping floors, serving as a chauffeur. It was important to me that Alejandro realized this and remained humble throughout. My favorite saying to him was ‘It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.’”
Prime Real Estate
Bedoya has a special interest in real estate, as he sees real estate as a way to invest his money for the future. Bedoya works together with partners at Engel & Völkers to find real estate opportunities for him and his soccer colleagues throughout Europe and America.
After discovering architecture at a young age (remembers moving from N.J. to Florida when he was nine and started giving his parents his thoughts on the places they looked at as he was interested), he has already purchased a home in Florida and was very particular in finding a spot to live in France.
Bedoya is looking to find a place to open a coffee shop for his sister in Ft. Lauderdale that she would run and would be a family business moving forward. She knows a lot about coffee, is a barista. Says friend Pete Schoenthal, “Alejandro is always seeking ways to involve his family in business, providing opportunity for all. Given their Colombian background, coffee made a lot of sense. This opportunity makes the family happy and that’s what matters most to Alejandro.” Says Adriano, “I’m proud of the entrepreneurial spirit of all of my children. They have had opportunities and I’m glad that they are able to explore them.”
“Alejandro’s family has always been very interested in business," Schoenthal said. "They share an entrepreneurial spirit. He succeeds through his diligence and willingness to learn.”
Bedoya has a really close knit group of friends from home since he was five years old. There’s an entire group of them and they keep in touch all the time and often spend holidays together. Alejandro always joins as he can or joins by Skype, if not. Says his friend Pete Schoenthal, “We all share that same ideology. We bounce ideas off of one another and always provide the support and feedback needed.” He tells of a memory where the group was involved in a pick-up football game. Alejandro caught a long touchdown pass, complaining as he made the difficult catch how poor the throw was.
Cesar Aguirre, Pete Schoenthal are Bedoya's closest friends, but according Schoenthal, there are actually eight friends in Alejandro’s inner circle. Aguirre spent time with Alejandro in Scotland. Says Aguirre, “I was in Australia when Alejandro called and asked if I’d join him in Scotland. Rangers was going through administration and it was a tough time for him and his teammates. I am a trained chef and worked to provide him meals. Beyond that, I tried to help keep him connected to home and his friends. Small gestures always meant a lot to him.”
“Living in European cultures is always a culture shock. That said, Alejandro always makes the most of his opportunity in each, he learns the language, gets out in public and tries his best to be a part of the community which he’s a part of.”
Recalls Schoenthal, "In college John Duhe, Patrick Lashbrook, Cesar Aguirre and Rick Garcia went to visit him at Boston College. Ale scored a hat trick and the coach came up to them and jokingly offered to fly them up for every game."
“It was important to me that Alejandro realized this and remained humble throughout. My favorite saying to him was ‘It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.’”
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.
-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
-Trained with both the U.S. U-20 and U-23 National Teams while still in school at Boston College
2014: Started against Belgium in the Round of 16 in the World Cup ... Has started in five matches and appeared in six for the U.S. in 2014, starting the 2014 FIFA World Cup opener for the U.S. against Ghana on June 16 and second game against Portugal on June 22, and coming 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: 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 … Went on to make five more appearances for the U.S., including his first start on Aug. 10 against Brazil … First Appearance: Jan. 23, 2010, vs. Honduras … First Goal: July 6, 2013, vs. Guatemala
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
Of Colombian descent, Bedoya was born in New Jersey, but raised near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. … His hobby outside of soccer is real estate and architecture … Both his father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia … Earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Boston College Carroll School of Management
College – Was a two-time All-American (2007, 2008) at Boston College after transferring from Fairleigh Dickinson University … Voted first team All-ACC as a senior after posting six goals and seven assists and was one of the 15 initial finalists for the MAC Herman Trophy … Played in and started all 21 games for BC as a junior …