Former Rangers star Alejandro Bedoya is set to miss tonight’s historic MLS Eastern Conference final for Philadephia Union.
The American midfielder is one of eleven players missing from Jim Curtin’s squad due to MLS’ Covid protocols, joining a list that includes key players such as goalkeeper Andre Blake, forward Sergio Santos and defenders Kai Wagner, Jack Elliott and Jakob Glesnes.
The ex-Rangers midfielder has played a key role for Philadephia as they’ve reached the Conference final for the first time in their history.
Standing in their way of the Eastern Conference title – and a place in the MLS Cup final on December 11 – is former Celtic manager Ronny Deila and New York City FC.
The ex-Rangers midfielder is 34 now and is still key to his side’s performances, playing almost 3000 minutes of football this season for the Subaru Park-based Union.
Union boss Jim Curtin has been forced to add three last-minute reinforcements ahead of tonight’s clash with NYCFC, signing goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh and defenders Brandan Craig and Anton Sorenson.
“We’ve had a next-man-up mentality all season long and we will continue to do that,” Curtin said. “We will make our fans proud. If history has shown us anything, it’s that a group of men a group, or a group women, with absolutely nothing to lose, can oftentimes be the most dangerous.”
Bedoya joined Philadelphia in 2016, four years after leaving Rangers, and the American has been an integral part of the side, being named captain and making a total of 156 MLS appearances for the Union.