Recently we talked about Chivas USA and U.S. international Juan Agudelo, about his training spell with Scottish giant Celtic.
The point I made then was that these training spells are de facto tryouts. They aren’t tryouts per se, but they serve the same function. (Which is why all these training spells that Jurgen Klinsmann always encourages, especially for young players, fall under the “law of unintended consequences. The “consequence” in this case is that the training spells abroad may not always be the best thing for MLS, serving to strip away talent.)
And who knows if a permanent move to Celtic would be best for Agudelo, who turns 20 today.
But it certainly looks as if Agudelo may get the chance. Word comes this morning that Celtic manager Neil Lennon hopes to offer the young striker a deal.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that Agudelo is on the fast track to Glasgow.
As often as these transfer attempts to clubs abroad work out for promising young Americans, an equal number never happen – usually because MLS, in efforts to protect the value of all their players, reject transfer offers they deem insufficient.
In other words, news this morning of interest from Celtic Park is far more “beginning” on this tale than “conclusion.”