“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.