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Alejandro Bedoya voted MLS Player of the Week

Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week.

A panel of journalists makes up 75% of the Player of the Week voting, and a high volume of them voted for the 32-year-old Union captain who spoke out against gun violence in the United States after he scored a goal Sunday.

โ€œHey Congress, do something now. End gun violence,” Bedoya said into a field microphone after contributing to the Union’s 5-1 win over D.C. United at Audi Field.

Fan input on Twitter makes up the other 25% of the Player of the Week vote. Bedoya was not listed as one of the four players to choose from in the fan vote, but he received plenty of praise in the replies to the league’s call for fan votes with the hashtag #VoteBedoya. However, the replies to the Twitter post did not factor into the Player of the Week decision.

Bedoya scored the opening goal of the 5-1 contest Sunday, and he made the bench of the MLS Team of the Week for his efforts, but he garnered the Player of the Week honors more due to the action he took against gun violence following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that occurred during the weekend.

Bedoya has received support from all parts of the soccer universe, starting with his head coach Jim Curtin. 

โ€œThings need to change in this country, for sure, and Iโ€™ll support anyone who A. speaks their mind and B. is intelligent and informed on it every time. Thatโ€™s what Alejandro is,” Curtin said after the match Sunday night. 

Bedoya’s comments were also praised by U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who simply stated “Wow” with applause emojis in response to a tweet describing Bedoya’s actions. 

Earlier Monday, Major League Soccer released a statement saying, “The Major League Soccer family joins everyone in grieving for the loss of lives in Texas and Ohio, and we understand that our players and staff have strong and passionate views on this issue.”

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