Danny Bedoya Signs with NYCFC|
Aug. 9, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. - Former St. John's midfielder Danny Bedoya has become the latest in a long line of Red Storm products to join the nation's highest professional ranks, signing a contract with NYCFC.
Bedoya, a native of Colombia who has spent a majority of his life in Queens, caught the attention of NYCFC's coaching staff after a scrimmage between the MLS squad and the Long Island Rough Riders, with whom Bedoya had been playing this season. Prior to joining on with the Rough Riders, Bedoya played from 2015-17 with NYRB II. Bedoya also came up through the New York Red Bulls Academy system.
"It's awesome that I'm in the city that I was raised in," Bedoya told NYCFC.com. "Playing for the team of my city, it's just a great opportunity for me and I'm very excited.
Bedoya played two seasons in Queens for Head Coach Dr. Dave Masur, helping the Johnnies record NCAA Tournament appearances in both 2012 and 2013. As a freshman in 2012, Bedoya made 17 appearances, five of which were starts. He scored two goals and added an assist during that rookie campaign. The following season, Bedoya found a spot in the starting XI in 11 of his 19 caps, scoring a goal and dishing out four assists. One of his helpers came in the Red Storm's NCAA Tournament victory over Delaware.
Bedoya is now one of three former St. John's players to sign on with a local MLS squad, joining former Red Storm teammate Tim Parker and 2011 BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Defensive Player Connor Lade, both of whom play for the New York Red Bulls.