Almost every U.S. soccer fan loves to witness the success of Americans playing soccer overseas, and this weekend, Nantes midfielder Alejandro Bedoya’s performance stood out.
Bedoya, noticed in the United States men’s national team lineup recently and this summer in the 2014 World Cup, supplied his team with an early lead against French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.
He did so magnificently, taking a touch from outside the box and cuffing a cross-body missile that soared into the upper left corner of the net.
It is perhaps the best goal from any American player abroad this season. Check out the eye-popping sequence below.
Even though his squad lost due to the emergence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who grabbed a brace to score five goals in the last five games, Bedoya recognized that his bullet was one of the best in his career.
From ESPN FC: “It is right up there with the best goals I have scored so far in my career,” Bedoya said. “Of course it was against an opponent like PSG, so that makes it a little bit extra special.
“It happened really quickly. My first thought was that it had rolled out to me perfectly and I was actually thinking about hitting it first time. But, for some reason, I decided to take an extra touch, set myself up and let it rip away.”
Bedoya’s role on the United States is fairly significant, as Jurgen Klinsmann has been said to enjoy the international services of those playing in Europe.
However, the former Boston College standout revealed his belief that his busy schedule with the U.S. prompted his club side to rest him more than usual. But with this recent showing, Bedoya thinks the Canaries will increased his workload.
“I have not been playing as much because I think that the club feels I have been a bit tired by all the travelling for the games that I have been playing in. I think today I showed my qualities once again though and I just hope to play a bit more.”