May 7, 2013 – Revolution acquire Juan Agudelo from Chivas USA in trade for allocation money
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Juan Agudelo scored twice in six games with Chivas USA before being sent to the New England Revolution, where he totaled seven goals in 14 matches, in 2013. That has been Agudelo’s most productive MLS season – nine goals in 20 games. Agudelo, 24, is on pace for his first double-figure goal total this season, with six in 10 games.
Agudelo burst on the scene as an 18-year-old with the New York Red Bulls, but failed to become a regular starter. Agudelo totaled six goals in 33 games (13 starts) with the Red Bulls before being traded to Chivas USA in 2012. Agudelo’s career seemed to be on the rise with a transfer to Stoke City, but he was unable to secure a work permit and was loaned to Utrecht, where he scored three goals in 14 appearances in 2013-14.
The Revolution hoped Agudelo’s return would help them contend for the MLS Cup, a year after they lost to the LA Galaxy in the 2014 final.
Revolution coach Jay Heaps is hoping to capitalize on Agudelo’s combination of size, skill and strength, also using his playmaking ability, in a 4-4-2 alignment. Agudelo, born in Manizales, Colombia, has reemerged on the U.S. national team scene – he scored in his debut, a 1-0 win over South Africa in Johannesburg Nov. 17, 2010, and has totaled three goals in 22 appearances.
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