It was just a few days ago that our own Andy Edwards was wondering, along with most USMNT fans, where in the world would Juan Agudelo resurface?
Much like Jozy Altidore, it’s easy to forget Agudelo’s age. The 22-year-old striker has been in U.S. Soccer’s conscious since scoring on debut for the USMNT, six days before his 17th birthday.
He then went on to play 14 matches for the States in 2011 before getting just a single cap in each of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Problems with work permits for Stoke City stopped his Premier League dreams in his tracks and a loan at Utrecht only whetted the appetite of American fans.
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Well, we may now know Agudelo’s next club. Eight months after things broke down for Stoke, Agudelo may wind up at a European club just as another American striker leaves it: 1860 Munich.
The 2.Bundesliga club was linked as a possible destination for Agudelo in the summer, and he could slide in neatly for Bobby Wood, who is out of favor for club but not country.
Sources have confirmed to Goal USA that Agudelo is considering an offer to join Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich. The 22-year-old free agent was first approached by the club last summer, but passed up the opportunity as he sought to complete a move to Stoke City. That move to the Premier League fell through after Agudelo’s work permit appeal rejected, his second failed attempt.
Agudelo, 22, has been a free agent since a short stint with Dutch side FC Utrecht came to an end last spring. He had also turned down an offer from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.
What say you? Is Germany the right spot for Agudelo to reboot his career? 1860 Munich is barely safe in 2 Bundesliga, so it’s not like a top-flight move would come in a hurry (barring a reckless scoring streak).