Homegrown footballer gets shot with NCYFC
by Bryan Fonseca
Aug 15, 2018 | 7846 views | 0 0 comments | 500 500 recommendations | email to a friend | print
East Elmhurst’s Daniel Bedoya signed with NYCFC last Thursday, the club announced. The move for the 24-year-old Queens native follows a 2017-18 stint with the Long Island Rough Riders of the Premier Development League, where Bedoya tallied four goals and three assists in 21 contests.

“It’s awesome that I’m in the city that I was raised in,” said Bedoya. “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.”

Prior to signing, Bedoya had been training with the first-team since leaving an impression on the NYCFC coaching staff in a mid-week scrimmage between them and the Rough Riders at Etihad City Football Academy.

“We watched the friendly game and we saw this player, Danny, and saw he has a special quality to play in between the lines,” said head coach Domènec Torrent. “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.”

“The first training sessions, there was obviously a lot of nerves, but the guys have been great ever since I came in,” added Bedoya. “The leaders on the team, like Maxi [Moralez], David [Villa], have been helpful. I just have to grind it out, work my way to a roster spot and we go from there.”

A soccer star at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows, Bedoya was a three-year letter-winner for the Patriots. As a senior, the midfielder recorded 16 goals and 14 assists to earn a third team ESPN High School Fall All-America nod and the 2011 Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Wingate Award for athletic excellence.

Bedoya played for the St. John’s Red Storm from 2012-2013, and later spent time with the New York Red Bulls U-23 and Red Bulls II of the United Soccer League, making 25 appearances over two seasons from 2015-to-2017.

Bedoya also has an older brother, Santiago, who played soccer at Queens College.

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