The U.S. men's national team booked its spot in the final round of World Cup Qualifying in CONCACAF with a 4-0 thumping of Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night. It was a fine showing where Jozy Altidore made history and Christian Pulisic excelled. But it wasn't all fine and dandy for one player.
After the match, USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, who admittedly didn't play well, got into a rather nasty Twitter brawl with former USMNT man and current Fox Soccer analyst Eric Wynalda.
First, Wynalda is asked about Bedoya's quality and how he gets into the starting XI. Some think he belongs, others don't. Wynalda is part of the others.
My only answer to that is I don't know- there are many that rate him- I believe there are many who are better https://t.co/IrmRDpozq6— Eric Wynalda (@EricWynalda) September 7, 2016
Not a harmful tweet. Wynalda just wrote what was on his mind. He thinks many are better, and there is nothing wrong with that. Well, to Bedoya there was something wrong with it. He responded and went too far.
Wynalda says Bedoya was bad at soccer in one game, so Bedoya brings up the time Wynalda's wife cheated on him pic.twitter.com/YnupBPx8LF— Isaac (@isaacccccccccc) September 7, 2016
This is where it goes too far, way too far. In 1998, USA star John Harkes was left off the USMNT roster for the World Cup, with many believing because he allegedly slept with the wife of Wynalda. Wynalda confirmed the affair to Grant Wahl of SI in 2010.
Bedoya then, rightfully, deleted the tweet after wrongfully bringing it after being offended by what Wynalda said. But AB, this is 2016 man, everything you say online is there forever.
The midfielder then said he can take criticism, but from pretty much anyone not named Wynalda.
I can take criticism. Last night I was off my game & not good enough but this dude has a well documented dislike for me that I don't get.— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) September 7, 2016
Never seen someone try so hard to remain relevant. Begs for coaching jobs, TV commentator, analyst & a random radio show. You're a #HasBeen.— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) September 7, 2016
Bedoya really seems to feel that Wynalda just hates him.
Wynalda tried to get the argument over fast.
@AleBedoya17 call me a coward - I dare you lol - just play better please - I really don't have time for this today— Eric Wynalda (@EricWynalda) September 7, 2016
In the end, Bedoya admitted to his mistake and is trying to move on. But the damage is done, produced by an insulting, thoughtless tweet. He said it was in the 'heat of the moment.' I call it losing composure.
Fair enough. Got caught in heat of moment & went a little too far. My bad. Tomorrow is a new day. https://t.co/FDXpUVtWs8— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) September 7, 2016