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.