New York City Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Daniel Bedoya, a Queens native.
Bedoya played for NYCFC's PDL affiliate, the Long Island Rough Riders, making 21 appearances, notching four goals and three assists.
Bedoya has been training with the first-team since catching the eye of the coaching staff in a midweek scrimmage between NYCFC and the Rough Riders at Etihad City Football Academy.
Bedoya told NYCFC.com, “It’s awesome that I’m in the city that I was raised in. I came from Colombia when I was eight and have been in Queens ever since. Playing for the team of my city, it’s just a great opportunity for me and I’m very excited.
“The first training sessions, there was obviously a lot of nerves, but the guys have been great ever since I came in, they were very friendly, very nice. The leaders on the team like Maxi, David and all of them have been helpful.
“I think I just have to keep working in training, I just have to grind it out, work my way to a roster spot and we go from there.”
Daniel 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.
NYCFC Head Coach Domènec Torrent said of Bedoya, “We watched the friendly game and we saw this player, Danny, and saw he has a special quality to play in between the lines.
“His position is in between Maxi and Jesus, 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.”
NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna added, “The relationship with Long Island Rough Riders and PDL is very positive. We’re able to get a friendly game with them and see some of these players up close. You can see why we have relationships like this because at any moment you can find a player like Danny and we’re really happy with Long Island and the work they’re doing.”
Name: Daniel Bedoya
Age/DOB: 24 (2/13/1994)
Last Team: Long Island Rough Riders