Bedoya plays through flu-like symptoms in U.S. win

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER.

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

Although the US Men’s National Team has yet to change its lineup at the Copa America Centenario, it nearly had to before last night’s match against Paraguay.

As it turns out, Alejandro Bedoya, a key shuttler in this Copa America for the USMNT, was ill heading into Saturday’s encounter with Paraguay.

“Everybody expended a lot of energy. I wasn’t even sure I would be able to play the game because I slept like **** last night,” Bedoya said after the match. “I had flu-like symptoms but I really wanted to be a part of this game.

“I did as much as I could but I came off at the end because I was having trouble breathing. Just the effort that the team gives, it just says a lot about this team.”

Bedoya played 75 minutes out wide for the US Saturday night. Though he was off the scoresheet, he combined well with an overlapping Fabian Johnson and the rest of the US midfield in retaining possession. He and Gyasi Zardes both dropped deep to preserve the U.S.’ defensive flanks after they went down to ten men.

“We knew it was going to be chippy,” Bedoya said, coughing shortly after. “Paraguay plays that way throwing themselves all over the place, diving and trying to get every call. The referee wasn’t the best I think. We stayed as a unit. Across the board, everybody worked for each other and that says a lot about the team.

“The talent is there but everybody was willing to work for each other and get it done.”

  • Jake

    This was a nice win. Gutsy play by 10 man US team and a professional goal by Dempsey. Very disaappointed in the crowd at Philly. Camera side seats were empty and Klinnsman had to play cheer leader to get them to put their cheesesteaks down and applaud.