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    Union's Alejandro Bedoya receives MLS' Audi Goals Drive Progress Impact Award

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    November 30, 2023

    Alejandro Bedoya’s impact off the field has earned him one of MLS’ well-known awards.

    Bedoya was named the recipient of the 2023 Audi Goals Drive Progress Impact Award on Thursday, MLS announced. The award is given to one MLS player for his charitable and social impact work that creates sustainable communities, fosters equity and inclusion, and enriches the lives of those in need across the U.S. and Canada.

    Columbus Crew midfielder Darlington Nagbe and Nashville SC defender Taylor Washington were finalists for the award.

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    “I’m proud to receive this coveted award and to be recognized for my efforts to help drive positive change in the Philadelphia community, a cause that is of great importance to me,” said Bedoya. “I’m honored to be in the company of the other finalists for this award as well as all players who use their platforms to prioritize driving progress in their communities. We are all making a difference in the areas that mean so much to us.”

    Audi will present Bedoya at MLS Cup with a $100,000 contribution to his chosen nonprofit organization – The Philadelphia Equity Alliance. In partnership with the Philadelphia Foundation, Bedoya works hand in hand with the Philadelphia Equity Alliance to work towards reducing poverty and promoting inclusive and resilient economic growth by advancing collaborative solutions around educational equity, community safety, and growing Black and Brown jobs and businesses.

    Bedoya, who joined the Union in 2016, has led the team to the playoffs every season. He recently helped Jim Curtin’s squad reach the Eastern Conference Semifinals before suffering elimination at the hands of FC Cincinnati.

    “We’re incredibly proud of each of our finalists for all the work they do to support their communities, and it’s an honor to recognize Alejandro Bedoya for his incredible efforts off the pitch,“ said MLS EVP of Partnership Marketing Jen Cramer. “Each of the communities where our clubs have a presence are unique and special in their own way, and we look forward to seeing how these areas continue to be positively impacted by players across Major League Soccer.”

    Bedoya has made 225 league appearances for the Union, scoring 24 goals and registering 13 assists.

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