Sports | August 5, 2019 11:02 am

MLS Star Calls on Congress to End Mass Shootings After Goal

Alejandro Bedoya had a different kind of goal celebration during a match in D.C.

Alejandro Bedoya Yells into Microphone
Alejandro Bedoya yells into a television microphone after scoring. (Patrick McDermott/Getty)
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After scoring a goal during a match in Washington D.C., MLS star Alejandro Bedoya used the moment to call on Congress to do something to end the ongoing gun violence in America, which left 31 people dead following a pair of mass shootings over the weekend.

Following his goal against D.C. United at Audi Field, the Philadelphia Union captain ran toward a corner of the pitch and grabbed an on-field TV microphone. “Hey Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let’s go!” he shouted into the mic.

Prior to the game, Bedoya voiced his frustrations about what was happening with a pair of Twitter posts.

After the 5-1 Philadelphia win, Bedoya expanded on his thoughts on the matter.

“It’s absurd, man,” Bedoya told reporters. “I’m not going to sit idly and watch this stuff happen and not say something. Before I’m an athlete, before I’m a soccer player, I’m a human being first. This stuff affects me. I got kids. I can’t be the only one here — all you guys, I’m sure feel the same way.”

Bedoya’s coach, Jim Curtin, told reporters he supported what the midfielder did during the game.

“[After] 250 shootings this year, I’m on his side,” Curtin said. “It’s outrageous. Things need to change in this country, for sure, and I’ll support anyone who speaks their mind and is intelligent and informed on it, every time. That’s what Alejandro is. He’s passionate, he cares, and again, it’s a real issue in our country now that needs change.”

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