MLS's Alejandro Bedoya Scores, Runs Over To Microphone And Shouts: "End Gun Violence Now!"

Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya made his feelings known after scoring against DC United on Sunday night, picking up a pitch-side microphone to send a message to Congress.

The 32-year-old brought attention to this weekend's mass shooting in Ohio and Texas when he shouted: "Hey Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let's go!"

In the space of 14 hours, a total of 29 people have died in two American mass shootings.

In El Paso, Texas, a gunman opened fire at customers in Walmart, leaving 20 people dead and another 26 wounded. Hours later, nine people were killed and 27 injured when a gunman opened fire in a nightclub in Dayton, Ohio.

USA international Bedoya gave his thoughts on gun policy ahead of kick-off.

"Seeing more thoughts and prayers bullshit." he said on Twitter. "Words without actions are just worthless. America, it seems, is becoming a dystopian society. Do something!!! Enough!!!"

Bedoya grew up in Florida, Parkland, where 17 students were killed in 2018 in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

He says he couldn't watch such incidents happen again and say nothing:

"To see that happen again, it's absurd, I am not going to sit idly and watch this stuff and not say something," he said in a post match interview

"Before I'm an athlete and a soccer player, I am a human being, first. I have got kids - I can't be the only one feeling the same way.

"Something has got to be done, it has got to the point where we have become numb to it, that is a big problem."

Philadelphia Union went on to win the match 5-1 thanks to goals from Bedoya, Marco Fabian (2), Kacper Przybylko and Fafa Picault.

But it was the actions of their captain that will be remembered more than Sunday's full-time result.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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