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Dan Bedoya sent on season-long loan to Hartford Athletic

The attacking midfielder will attempt to collect minutes in the USL for the remainder of the season

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-North Carolina FC at NYCFC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Bedoya — a former New York Red Bulls academy product — signed with New York City FC last summer when he impressed in a scrimmage between NYCFC and the Long Island Rough Riders. Having been used solely as a depth piece since his signing, Bedoya has struggled to get first-team minutes, having only made one brief appearance against the Philadelphia Union a few weeks ago as well as a start in the U.S. Open Cup against North Carolina FC.

Earlier today, NYCFC announced that Bedoya will join USL Championship club Hartford Athletic on a loan that will last the duration of 2019. The Blues have the right to recall Bedoya at any point in 2019 should he be needed in the future.

Hartford Athletic — founded last July — is in their first year of USL Championship play and have struggled thus far in 2019. In 20 total matches played, Hartford have only collected 13 points which is the worst in the Eastern Conference and the second worst in all of the Championship, trailed only by Seattle Sounders 2 who have 11 points and are in the Western Conference.

It’s unknown whether or not Bedoya can find a spot in NYCFC’s plans for the remainder of his stint with the team. But for now, a long-term loan is probably best for both his development as a player and career.