With 65 caps, Bedoya has the most international experience on the team and is one of only three holdovers from the 2014 World Cup team along with John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin.
"Honestly, I thought there would probably be wholesale changes throughout the whole team," he said of his call-up. "But at the same time, you go through a transitional phase, you expect some guys like myself who have been around for a while to be here to get that experience going."
Bedoya has already captained the USA, leading the team in the group stage of the 2017 Gold Cup before returning home because his wife, Beatrice, was expecting their second child.
"For me personally," he added, "I think, as one of the older, more experienced guys, I think I just try to talk to the younger players, show them the way around the national team and kind of guide them through the whole process."
After returning from Trinidad & Tobago, where Bedoya was on the bench for the 2-1 loss, he expressed his frustration about watching and being able to not contribute.
"Yeah, that was a big gut punch," he said. "Obviously, you deal with it. The first few days were very tough. It’s hard to get over. Returning to my family, seeing my son at the airport, my young newborn baby there – that puts perspective to a lot of things. But at the same time, the World Cup is the pinnacle of a soccer career, so it definitely hurt."
Bedoya finished up the season with the Union and was called in as one of eight MLS players who were available because their seasons were over.
"But it felt nice to get right back out on the field and play at my club," he said, "and now with this camp I think you can only dwell so much on the past. It doesn’t change anything. So now the only thing you can do is come into another camp. This is a great opportunity to face a great team. For some of the young kids, take this opportunity and make the most of it. Life, and soccer, goes on."
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 3/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 1/0)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 32/3), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United/ENG; 0/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 13/1), Matt Miazga (Vitesse/Netherlands; 3/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 26/1), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna/MEX; 14/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United (48/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 16/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 65/2), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 2/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town/ENG; 22/2).
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 26/3), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC; 3/2), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 2/0), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; 0/0).
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals.