NYCFC Signs Rough Riders Bedoya

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Daniel Bedoya. Photo: NYCFC

A summertime scrimmage between New York City FC and its PDL affiliate, Long Island Rough Riders, turned out to be the opportunity of a lifetime for Daniel Bedoya.

The Major League Soccer club has signed Bedoya, a Queens native who made 21 appearances for the Rough Riders scoring four goals and adding three assists. He has been training with the first-team since catching the eye of NYCFC’s coaching staff in the scrimmage held at Etihad City Football Academy.

“We watched the friendly game and we saw this player, Danny, and saw he has a special quality to play in between the lines,” said Domènec Torrent, NYCFC’s head coach. “His position is in between Maxi (Moralez) and Jesus (Medina), he has control all the time, and he understands soccer, which is very important for me. He’s a smart player. I’m sure 100 percent he’s able to help the team.”

Born in Colombia and raised in Queens, Bedoya told, “It’s awesome that I’m in the city that I was raised in. Playing for the team of my city, it’s just a great opportunity for me and I’m very excited.”

During his first training sessions with the first team, Bedoya admitted to having some nerves but credited his new teammates with helping him find his place with the team.

“The guys have been great ever since I came in, they were very friendly, very nice,” he said. “The leaders on the team like Maxi, David (Villa) and all of them have been helpful.

Prior to joining the Rough Riders, Bedoya was a member of the New York Red Bulls Academy and played for NYRB II from 2015 to 2017, making 25 USL appearances over two seasons.

Claudio Reyna, NYCFC’s sporting director, said the relationship between his club and Rough Riders is beneficial as it provides opportunities to see young players up close.

“You can see why we have relationships like this because at any moment you can find a player like Danny. We’re really happy with Long Island and the work they’re doing,” he said.