By Evan Rosen
Queens Daily Eagle
Dan Bedoya moved from Colombia when he was only 8 years-old, but he quickly made a name for himself while attending Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows.
As a standout senior, he played a key role in the school’s 54-match win streak, which garnered him attention from several colleges before he eventually selected St. John’s University.
From there, he played for a series of low-level professional clubs, including the Long Island Rough Riders.
Last week, the 24-year-old landed his big break by signing with his hometown club New York City FC.
“It’s awesome that I’m in the city that I was raised in,” he said in a statement on the club’s website. “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.”
Head Coach Domènec Torrent said he spotted a special ability in the club’s new midfielder during a scrimmage.
“He has control all the time, and he understands soccer which is very important for me,” Torrent said. “He’s a smart player. I’m sure 100 percent he’s able to help the team.”