Alejandro Bedoya: 'You can only dwell so much on the past'

At 30, Alejandro Bedoya is the oldest player on the U.S. national team that is preparing for Tuesday's game against Portugal.

The Philadelphia Union midfielder says he was a little bit surprised to be called in but happy to guide a new group of young players into the national team, emphasizing that it's a "privilege" and "great honor" to play for the national team.

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."

U.S. Roster:
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.

5 comments about "Alejandro Bedoya: 'You can only dwell so much on the past'".
  1. Craig Cummings, November 8, 2017 at 9:47 p.m.

    I wish that Christan Ramirez can be called up to the USA team.

  2. R2 Dad, November 8, 2017 at 10:03 p.m.

    Very curious how the team lines up. 4-2-3-1? 4-3-3? At some point, USSF is going to have to commit to one or two formations to build around CP. I would like to see the temp coach verbalize the thought process to get to that point (even if the next coach will have the license to change it).

  3. beautiful game replied, November 8, 2017 at 10:37 p.m.

    R2Dad...putting the cart ahead of the horse is a curious game plan. And here I was of convinction that tactical formations soley depend on the quality of the players on the squad and breaking down the opponents weaknesses. IMHO, formations to be a plus, depend on every players unique assignment and his ability to execute; and that means above average Soccer IQ.

  4. frank schoon replied, November 9, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.

    R2, IW, you guys are both right. But the way I see it is that the US needs to choose a style of soccer which fits our nature best, attacking or defensive; the former ofcourse. Next, to play attacking style soccer you need a 3 men front line for with 3 men which means having WINGERS able to spread out the opponents defensive backline; furthermore to play attractive soccer you need wingers for ,likewise, worldwide the most exciting players in the past 20years have been wingers, period. And the attacking space is always on the wings....
    Furthermore with a 4-3-3 having a 3men front line makes it also difficult for the opponents to build up an attack from the back for we can cover the flanks and the middle lanes when playing highup defense. THe 4-3-3 is simple, efficient and full of triangles and according to Johan Cruyff the best system to play. From the 4-3-3 system you bring in nuances like the centerforward playing point man or behind the all depends who you play against....

  5. Andrew Kear, November 8, 2017 at 10:59 p.m.

    This is the beginning of a new maliase era for the USMNT. 

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