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Bedoya calls out Congress on shootings after goal

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 19:11

Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya used his goal celebration in Sunday's MLS game at D.C. United to call on Congress to act on gun violence, following a pair of mass shootings in the U.S. this weekend.

After scoring at Audi Field in the nation's capital, Bedoya ran toward the corner of the field, grabbed an on-field television microphone and shouted into it.

"Hey Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let's go!" he said.

The comment was easily heard on FS1's broadcast of the game but was not audible for the majority of those in attendance at the stadium.

Before the game, Bedoya had posted on Twitter the first steps he thought policymakers could take to help curb gun violence.

Bedoya's remarks come in the wake of a shooting Saturday in El Paso, Texas, that left 20 dead and more than two dozen injured, and one in Dayton, Ohio, in the early hours of Sunday morning that killed nine people and injured at least 27.

The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians were among the baseball teams to hold a moment of silence for the victims before their games Sunday. NASCAR also observed a moment of silence before Sunday's race in Watkins Glen, New York.

The U.S. women's national soccer team also took a moment to remember the El Paso victims before Saturday night's game against Ireland at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Bedoya, 32, is a United States international who last played for the national team in 2017. He is from Weston, Florida, a short distance from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of another mass shooting in February 2018.

Following that incident, Bedoya wore a shirt reading "MSD Strong" under his jersey for last season's opening game.

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