Fresh Meadows native Dan Bedoya, who once played for the Red Bulls Academy team, signed with NYCFC last week. Photo by E. Lopez.

Fresh Meadows, SJU Soccer Star Signs With NYCFC

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.”

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