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Bedoya, Blake and Burke all start for their counties in World Cup Qualifying play

Philadelphia Union and Bethlehem Steel FC were well represented in last night’s World Cup Qualifying matches. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya started for the United States Men’s National Team, while goalkeeper Andre Blake and midfielder Cory Burke started for Jamaica. 

The USMNT finished the semifinal round in the 2018 World Cup qualifying group C with a 4-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago, launching them into a first place finish with a 4-1-1 record. Bedoya logged 66 minutes for his country in Tuesday’s win. The advancement out of the semi-final round sets up an epic match against Mexico to open the final round of World Cup qualifying play. The site of the contest will be announced on Nov. 11. 

Jamaica finished qualifying play with a record of 1-1-4, after their 2-0 loss to Haiti on Tuesday night. Blake was able to fend off the attack until the 68th minute, before Haiti broke through. Cory Burke logged 74 minutes for Jamaica before being subbed out. Jamaica finished their six matches, only scoring two goals total.

Bedoya and Blake are expected to be back in the starting XI this Saturday when the Union host Montreal Impact at Talen Energy Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised on The Comcast Network. Single game and group tickets are still available by visiting or by calling 1-877-21-UNION.  


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