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Soccer Player Scores A Goal, Makes Sideline Plea For Gun Control

He shoots! He scores! And then things got political.

Alejandro Bedoya is a respected US footballer who has played in top European leagues, represented his nation 66 times, and now captains Philadelphia Union in America's Major League Soccer.

To that resumé  you can now add gun control campaigner.

After scoring an early goal in Sunday's match against D.C. United, the 32-year-old celebrated, then ran towards a field mic -- which he used to make a serious point in the wake of the two mass shootings in America this weekend, which saw a total of 29 people killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton Ohio.

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"Congress, do something now! End gun violence! Let's go!" Bedoya yelled.

Bedoya's shot at goal had bounced off a post before dribbling over the line. But his shot at American lawmakers who do little to curb gun violence was a lot more direct.

This is a cause close to Bedoya's heart, and for good reason too.

The mass shooting last year at  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students and staff, occurred just minutes from where Bedoya grew up.

He has been an outspoken voice on gun control ever since.

Whether anyone in power listens to the increasing torrent of outspoken public figures like Bedoya is another issue. But at least there was a symbolic victory on this occasion.

Bedoya's Philadelphia Union went on to win the match 5-1. The team they beat?

None other than D.C. United, the soccer club based in the nation's capital where all those congressmen and women are based.