JON VAN WAGENEN - Monday, January 4, 2010
After proving he can play in Sweden, Örebro midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has earned a trip to the US national team camp in Carson, California starting January 4th.
Bedoya will be part of the group that will train for three weeks leading up to the January 23 friendly versus Honduras, an achievement that the Florida native deeply cherishes.
"When I first found out, I just took it all in," the 22-year old told Yanks-Abroad. "It feels good and really rewarding."
USMNT head coach Bob Bradley's roster consists of players whose clubs are in the off-season, 25 from North American teams and five who play in Scandinavia. The roster features only seven players with at least ten caps, so Bedoya will be measuring himself against other hungry young players, while the Nats coaches will be looking to test the depth of the talent pool.
"I'm happy to be a part of it and it shows that [the coaches] have been noticing my play and what I've been doing," Bedoya observed.
Bedoya won the recognition of the national team by earning a starting spot on the team that finished sixth in Sweden's top division. He's become so solidly a part of Örebro's plans, that the club was initially reluctant to grant him a release from preseason training in Sweden and Finland. In the end, the chance for Bedoya's development was too great to deny.
The January 23 friendly against the World Cup qualifiers will be a test of how much the Boston College and Fairleigh Dickinson University product has grown. Making the match-day roster would be an improvement from 2008, when he trained with the U23 team, but did not make the trip to the Beijing Olympics.