For many Rangers supporters this was their first glance at Alejandro Bedoya since he scored against Dundee United at the tail end of the 2011-12 season. Since then he has returned to Sweden & then made a transfer to FC Nantes that was part of getting him back in the good graces of Jurgen Klinsmann. After an impressive outing in this past summer’s Gold Cup & a successful season in France, Bedoya has gone from Ally McCoist’s substitute bench (if was lucky) to starting in the World Cup vs. American World Cup nemesis, Ghana. Bedoya put in an energetic performance that has made him a Klinsmann favorite as the United States pulled off a remarkable 2-1 victory.
Here are his player ratings from various sources:
5.5 – It was more difficult than usual for Bedoya to get involved in the attack, but he worked extremely hard defensively and covered a lot of ground.
6 – Bedoya didn’t have his best game in the attack, but he had his moments, especially on a nifty through ball to Johnson that nearly delivered a Jozy Altidore goal in the 18th minute. Regardless, Bedoya is in this team primarily to defend, and he did that job extremely well. Given the physical demands of his position combined with the intense conditions in Brazil, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Graham Zusi replace him against Portugal.
6 – Provided his usual graft on defense, and threatened with a free kick in the first half, but struggled to link up with teammates. His work rate was immense.
6 – Had only 16 touches in first half but put in a good defensive display before limping off.
6 – Bedoya made some nice runs forward, but struggled a bit doing much with the little possession the U.S. had. But to his credit, he worked hard on defense and, despite limping for much of the second half, made some nice tackles to break up attacks.
6 – Teamed up with Fabian Johnson on the right wing & was responsible for the USA’s set pieces. Effective on occasion & worked hard defensively.
7 – One of six World Cup debutants in the lineup, Bedoya was the ignition switch to nearly every first half rush after the opening goal. The Nantes man dribbled across seams, coolly shipped outlets to the wing on the pivot and put dangerous balls into the box. After intermission, he turned into a defensive workhorse.
AVERAGE RATING: 6.07
Bedoya played 77 minutes, managing two shots – one of which was on target, took two corners, & committed three fouls.