FourFourTwo released its annual ranking of the top 50 US Men's National Team players with the Union's very own Alejandro Bedoya making the cut. A panel of FFT experts studied each players contributions to both their country and respective club to generate its rankings. Check out below to see where our captain earned his spot on the list.
No. 39: Alejandro Bedoya
The 30-year-old midfielder landed 39th on the FFT top 50 and has been a standout for both the USMNT and Union. Bedoya was a key asset for Philadelphia and made consistent contributions throughout his first full MLS season. His ability to hold numerous positions on the pitch as a center midfielder to his usual role as a holding midfielder made him an obvious standout. This season, Bedoya set several career highs with two goals, four assists and started in all 28 of his appearances for the club.
Bedoya also wore the captain's armband for the USMNT during the Gold Cup, using his veteran skills to guide the younger players on the team. While on the international stage, he made 11 appearances and registered three assists.
Bedoya, along with 30 other MLS players were featured on the list — five of them making the top five cut.
Here's what Steve Davis had to say:
"No one would call 2017 a banner year for Alejandro Bedoya. Really, not for anyone attached to the United States national team. As one of the U.S. regulars for years now, Bedoya shares some of the culpability for – let’s call it what it is – a national team’s failure of a generation.
Nor was it a great time to be alive for Philadelphia Union fans, whose team missed the playoffs while finishing, just like in 2016, with three more losses than wins. All that said, Bedoya managed to make 2017 a pretty good year from an individual standpoint.
The 30-year-old midfielder was among Jim Curtin’s more consistent performers across 28 league matches. In his first full season in Chester, Bedoya reminded everyone that his versatility is an asset, playing at various stages as a holding midfielder, an attacking playmaker or the in-between No. 8 position -- all while wearing the captain’s armband.
Bedoya also served as captain for a younger United States Gold Cup group. He was excused after the group stage for the birth of his second child, but the message was clear by then: as the next U.S. manager looks for veterans to bridge the gap between these U.S. men’s national team generations, Bedoya’s versatility, leadership and age – still close to prime at 30 years old – positions him among the top candidates."