The Long Island Rough Riders and parent club New York City FC scrimmaged on July 19 as the Rough Riders wrapped up their 2018 PDL season and NYCFC continues to battle for the top spot in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.
While the Rough Riders may have lost 3-1, the players gained invaluable experience competing against the MLS side. The play of Daniel Bedoya didn’t go unnoticed as the Rough Riders midfielder was invited to NYCFC training for two days afterward.
“It meant a lot to us to scrimmage NYCFC because they are our affiliates and that’s a good way to get to keep that positive relationship going,” Bedoya said. “It means a lot to be invited to training because not many people get the chance to play against a professional side. The coaches, players, and staff are very welcoming. I did well both days, and I am very thankful for the opportunity.”
A native of Colombia, 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. Bedoya played collegiately at St. John’s University. He made eight appearances this season for Long Island, which went 10-5-1 overall and 9-4-1 in the PDL.
“Bedoya was excellent throughout and I’m delighted he was given this opportunity by our partner club,” Rough Riders head coach Stephen Roche said. “They recognized his talents. Danny should be playing pro, whether it’s MLS or USL to begin with. We are all very excited to see what his next step is and are very happy all his hard work is starting to get noticed.”
BY: Michael LoRé