Alejandro Bedoya’s Comeback has him on the road to World Cup

Landon Donovan & Alejandro Bedoya, courtesy of ISI Photos

Alejandro Bedoya’s comeback has been well-chronicled by Rangers Report.  Bedoya’s resurgence after a productive season in Sweden, leading to a move to FC Nantes has been coupled with several solid performances over the last several months for the United States national team.

Doug McIntyre has composed an in-depth & inspiring story of Bedoya’s comeback for ESPN FC.

Alejandro Bedoya

Bedoya discussed his time playing for Rangers in the article.

“My time at Rangers was really tough,” Bedoya said. “I was really excited going there — Rangers and Celtic are obviously massive clubs. But I had a couple of chances that I maybe didn’t make the most out of, and not really playing much didn’t help my chances with the national team. Also, the way we played at Rangers didn’t really suit my style. It wasn’t the best fit.” 

Bedoya helped further his cause of securing a spot in Jurgen Klinsmann’s final roster for this summer’s World Cup squad with another workman like performance against Jamaica on Friday & added an assist on Graham Zusi’s goal.

Bedoya will now return to his new club FC Nantes, where he has settled into being one of the key contributors for French club who will be fighting to stay in Ligue 1 this season.  After a loss to Paris St. Germain, Nantes  manager Michel Der Zakarian was asked about Bedoya,  “He is able to keep the ball, change tempo. He just plays. He’s smart.”

His play for Nantes will go a long way toward determining his fate of going to Brazil this summer.  The consensus is that Klinsmann likely has 15-20 players already determined to be on the World Cup squad & Bedoya will be among those battling for the remaining spots.

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