Remember Juan Agudelo? The player traded to Chivas USA who was played out of position by Robin Fraser, then traded away a year later because of "money troubles" despite being the obvious attacking bright spot on the team?
Well, Agudelo finished his MLS contract with the New England Revolution last season, and signed a deal with English Premier League side Stoke City. However, he was denied a work permit for the United Kingdom, and his next destination was put in doubt.
Stoke signed Agudelo anyway, and he ended up being sent on loan to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht last month. In a league where U.S. Men's National Team forwards have fared very well in recent years, it could prove to be a very useful move.
So far, Agudelo has made two appearances for his new club. And in his first start for Utrecht last weekend, he contributed an assist in a 1-1 draw against defending champion and current league leaders Ajax (Utrecht are in 12th place right now). The American sent a flick-on header off a goal kick for forward Steve De Ridder to run onto and equalize the match. Take a look at the highlights in this video:
Greg Seltzer had a nice profile on Agudelo today on MLSsoccer.com, where his lack of match fitness didn't deter him from seeing out the game.
All in all, it looks like a good situation for Agudelo, as he's playing in a decent European league and already getting playing time. Though it is a shame that Chivas let him go for peanuts last year, he's moved on to follow his dream of playing in Europe, and hopefully the 21-year-old will continue to raise his game.
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