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Alejandro Bedoya called up to USMNT for friendlies

The midfielder will return to the Union before their penultimate regular season game.

MLS: Sporting KC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The United States Men’s National Team has called up Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya for their international friendlies against Cuba on Oct. 7, and New Zealand on Oct. 11.

Bedoya has earned 55 international caps, with 54 in the last seven years, and appeared in all four matches at the 2014 World Cup. The midfielder also played a crucial role in the USMNT’s run to the semifinal of the Copa America Centenario this summer.

The Union are 3-3-2 since Bedoya’s arrival as he has logged seven starts, 644 minutes, and one goal.

The USMNT will travel to Havana, Cuba, for a historic friendly on Friday, Oct. 7, for only the third meeting between the two sides on Cuban soil. The Americans will return to their capital on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to host New Zealand at RFK Stadium.

The two matches are the last for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to decide his squad before the second round of World Cup qualifying. The Hex starts in mid-November with matches at home to rivals Mexico, and away at an accomplished Costa Rican side.