The next inductee into the BCI Hall of Fame is soccer player Alejandro Bedoya (BC ‘08).
Who I believe is the very first male soccer player inducted into our Hall of Fame, Bedoya is currently a professional soccer player and captain for MLS’s Philadelphia Union. Bedoya arrived at the Heights during the spring of 2007 after playing two seasons at Fairleigh Dickson in New Jersey, making him quite possibly the first transfer inducted as well. He made a huge impact at BC no less. The CSOM graduate and Jersey native excelled in the midfield at BC, starting all 21 games and named one of fifteen finalists for the Hermann Trophy. He led the Eagles to an ACC title and was himself named ACC Offensive Player of the Year. He earned first team All-American honors that junior season, and guided the Eagles to the No. 1 seed in the season’s NCAA Tournament,
His senior season also proved a success as he led the team in scoring with six goals and five assists despite missing five games due to injury, en route to another finalist appearance for college soccer’s top player. He was also once again named to the All-ACC first team. He earned second team All-America honors in his last season at Boston College, and was named Senior Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for the school.
Bedoya is one of three players in Eagles program history to earn All-America honors twice. Upon graduation, the attacking midfielder went abroad and signed with Swedish club Örebro SK. He later went on to play at Glasgow Rangers, HelsingborgsIF, and three seasons at FC Nantes in France. In 2016, he joined the Philadelphia Union on a $1 million transfer fee.
He’s appeared on several national teams including 66 appearances for the senior team. He most notably played for the US Men’s National Team in all four games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Congratulations to Alejandro!