Long Island Rough Riders midfielder Daniel Bedoya has signed with New York City FC, the Major League Soccer club announced today.
A Queens native, Bedoya has been training on and off with the Rough Riders’ parent club since his performance in the two teams’ scrimmage on July 19.
“It’s great for Danny to get the recognition he deserves both as a player and a person,” Rough Riders head coach Stephen Roche said. “We at the Rough Riders offer opportunities to the best young talent in the country but also provide an opportunity for a second chance for players like Danny. He has taken his second chance and never gave up. I’m delighted for him.”
Bedoya has previously played for the New York Red Bulls Academy at the Under-18 and U-23 levels as well as Red Bulls II in the United Soccer League. He played collegiately at St. John’s University. Bedoya made eight appearances this season for the Rough Riders, which went 10-5-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the PDL.
“I think he will surprise a few people,” Roche said. “Obviously he now has a lot of work to do to force his way into the team and NYCFC are full of excellent players but they have signed him for a reason. They believe in him and they believe in us and we are very proud that our partnership is starting to show dividends.”
Bedoya signing with NYCFC only strengthens the relationship between the MLS side, currently fighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and the Rough Riders, their official PDL affiliate.
“I think it’s a great message to all our young players that NYCFC are our partners, they are watching and they are willing to invest the time and efforts into our players if they are good enough,” Roche said. “We could not ask for more from our partner club than that. It will give a massive boost of confidence to everyone in the club and I’m sure it will help us attract even more top-class quality college players for next season’s PDL campaign.
“If you want a genuine opportunity to be seen by the premier team in MLS, NYCFC, the Long Island Rough Riders is the place to be. Danny Bedoya has just proven that.”
BY: Michael LoRé