Strong season boosts Bedoya's World Cup chances

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Alejandro Bedoya may have parlayed a solid first season at French club Nantes into a berth on the U.S. World Cup team. The midfielder started his fourth straight game for the Canaris in Friday's 1-1 tie with long-time rival Marseille that left them tied for 11th place with three games to play in their first season back in Ligue 1.

Bedoya, who had several chances against OM, has scored six goals for Nantes since moving from Sweden's Helsingborg last summer. He has played in 29 of 35 Ligue 1 matches with 21 starts for Nantes.

Just a year ago, Bedoya was not a national team regular, but Jurgen Klinsmann started him for the last six matches on fixture dates -- the only player to start every match when all players were available for selection.

FRIDAY NIGHT. Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona started for Tijuana in its 2-1 loss at home to Leon that kept it from clinching a berth in Mexico's Torneo Clausura playoffs. Xolos sit seventh, but three teams -- Morelia and Atlas with wins and Guadalajara with a win by four or more goals -- still will have a chance to overtake them and claim berths in the eight-team Liguilla. Seven teams could finish tied for fourth place. Pachuca jumped ahead of Tijuana on goal difference when it came back from 3-0 down at Queretaro with 15 minutes remaining to win 4-3.

Leading Scorers (2013-14):
26 Aron Johannsson (AZ)
16 Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna)
9 Sacha Kljestan
(Anderlecht)
6 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
(Goals in all club competitions.)

U.S. World Cup Contenders:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Saturday:
Cory Cropper, Southampton (England), vs. Everton
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England), at Swansea City
Tim Howard, Everton (England), at Southampton

DEFENDERS (12):
Friday:
Edgar Castillo
(90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-2 vs. Leon
Saturday:
John Brooks, Hertha Berlin (Germany), vs. Eintracht Braunschweig
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England), vs. Tottenham
Timmy Chandler, Nuremberg (Germany), at Mainz
Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim (Germany), vs. Ein. Frankfurt
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England D2), at Bournemouth
Oguchi Onyewu, Sheffield Wed. (England D2), vs. Bolton Wanderers
Will Packwood, Birmingham City (England D2), vs. Leeds United
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England D2), at Sheffield Wed.
Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City (England D2), vs. Leeds United
Sunday:
DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla (Mexico), vs. Morelia
Michael Orozco, Puebla (Mexico), vs. Morelia

MIDFIELDERS (11):
Friday:
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France), 1-1 vs. Marseille
Joe Corona (59 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-2 vs. Leon
Alfredo Morales (90 minutes, 1 yellow card), FC Ingolstadt (Germany D2), 1-1 vs. FC Cologne
Saturday:
Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers (England D2), at Sheffield Wed.
Brek Shea, Stoke City (England), vs. Tottenham
Jose Torres, Tigres (Mexico), vs. Atlas
Danny Williams, Reading (England D2), at Doncaster Rovers
Sunday:
Mikkel Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway), vs. Brann
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway), at Sandnes Ulf
Jermaine Jones, Besiktas (Turkey), at Sivasspor
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium), vs. Standard Liege

FORWARDS (7):
Friday:
Herculez Gomez (did not dress), Tijuana (Mexico), 1-2 vs. Leon
Bobby Wood (sub: 35 minutes), 1860 Munich (Germany D2), 2-1 at Greuther Fuerth
Saturday:
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria), vs. SV Salzburg
Julian Green, Bayern Munich (Germany)
Sunday:
Juan Agudelo, FC Utrecht (Netherlands), at Heerenveen
Jozy Altidore, Sunderland (England), vs. Cardiff City
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands), at ADO
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