Juan Agudelo Stoked On The Prem: Headed To The Potters

Agudelo potting around in 2014....

Agudelo potting around in 2014….

Juan Agudelo–late of the New England Revs, Chivas USA and Red Bull New York–is skipping the pond and meeting up with the boys as he has signed a pre-contract with Stoke City in England’s Premiership.

A source close to the negotiations told TSG that the deal is officially closed. The 20-year-old Agudelo is under contract with MLS through the end of the year. A pre-contract can be signed by MLS players whose contracts expire within 6 months of the date of to-be-signed one.

Agudelo, long considered a top-5 USMNT prospect by TSG, will need to compete against strikers Kenwynne Jones & Peter Crouch among others for playing time. Agudelo has proved to have the skill in MLS, but now just needs the focus.

Depending on a range of factors, it’s possible a deal could be reached between MLS and Stoke City to allow Agudelo go early which probably benefits both sides.

Agudelo joins Brek Shea, Geoff Cameron and Mo Edu as other Yanks in the Potters’ locker room.

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Agudelo’s only 20? Wow. Feels like he should be 22 or 23 by now, but I guess that’s what happens when you score your first international goal before you can vote.

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  2. Posted by Spiritof76 on 2013/08/06 at 9:53 AM

    I think he’ll learn a lot from Kenwynne Jones and Peter Crouch. They are such different types of forwards, and as weird and gangly as Crouch is, there are few other strikers with as much experience in England. Although Mark Hughes might just be one?

    Cameron Jerome is there as well, and Jonathan Walters has been deployed as a FWD or in the hole. I could definitely see Agudelo picking up some minutes from those guys.

    We’re always saying how we wished that we were discovering our strikers earlier in their careers (ie, Wondo). Cheers for Agudelo for making the big jump, and hope it’ll do wonders for his development. It’ll be interesting to see how the Potters roll out this year and which Americans can break into the starting 11.

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    • Posted by Jared on 2013/08/06 at 1:59 PM

      Cameron Jerome may be the worst striker in the Premier League that featured regularly for a team. According to ESPN he started 8 and came on as a sub another 18 times to score 3 goals. Throw in the fact that he might be suspended for gambling and I think Agudelo can take his spot.

      The truly interesting aspect of this is that it’s tough to say whether this is a good move or not without knowing how Hughes will have them play.

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  3. I think it may be a good time to go over and see where he is. The reality is he is not going to WC2014 and like Shea needs to see where they are. I’m wondering if he will be moved from forward to winger or like how Dempsey plays for the US behind Altidore.

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  4. Posted by Crow on 2013/08/07 at 12:07 PM

    So he may go over before the winter? Strange this sudden fascination with American players Stoke has and now Omar is rumored to be going there (which makes absolutely zero sense with Shawcross and Huth and Cameron play out of position).

    Anyway, I am happy- Agudelo needs to advance to the “next level” :) and this is how he can do it. I’m glad he didn’t go to Celtic. That would have been a disaster.

    Agudelo can hold the ball up better than Jozy. He still is raw but I agree that he is the most “complete striker” in the USMNT pool.

    Its crazy how deep the striker pool is becoming! I still can’t believe 4 years ago in Columbus Brian Ching and Landon Donovan were starting up top.

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    • Posted by Gregorio on 2013/08/07 at 8:27 PM

      I agree with Crow here, Agudelo’s hold play is better than Jozy’s. I think he will be on the rise, the higher level will lift his game. He seems to be like the past USMNT teams who play to the level of their competition. He probably be better suited if he and Bedoya switched locales.

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  5. Posted by Crow on 2013/08/07 at 12:22 PM

    Excited to see Bedoya head to Nantes and Ligue 1 as well. He needed to be in a more challenging league. I’ve never been a huge fan of Bedoya but he won me over a bit this Gold Cup and this move will help.

    Now Mix needs to get a move to a better league.

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  6. Posted by mbw on 2013/08/08 at 10:58 AM

    Will someone explain the Charlie Davies acquisition to me?

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2013/08/08 at 5:16 PM

      Looks left, looks right. Looks like everyone left. :>

      No idea. Makes 0 sense to me whether you’re selling Bengston or not. The load makes sense for a player through the end of the year, but I would much rather a bottom rung playoff team like the Revs use the playing time on someone to develop.

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      • Posted by john mosby on 2013/08/08 at 5:45 PM

        its pretty simple, sochaux, tried to force dc united to pay a premium for a player that was not worth that much, now he is going home to new England probably for a quarter the amount dc united would have offered. that’s how it works out sometimes. cd9 still has some time to find it, because the awareness players have, never goes away.

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