22-year-old forward Juan Agudelo could make a triumphant return to Major League Soccer and the New England Revolution, and do so sooner rather than later, according to a report by Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep.
Galarcep reported on Monday that Agudelo, who left the Revolution on a free transfer in 2013, is deep into negotiations to make a move back to MLS and the Revs after turning down a recent offer from 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich.
When I wrote about Agudelo’s curious unemployment less than two weeks ago, a return to MLS — where American players with a fair to significant amount of U.S. national team service have recently cashed in big time — made a whole lot of sense, given Agudelo’s inability to secure a UK work permit — the reason he was released by Stoke City last May after leaving MLS to sign for the Premier League club — and the fact that European leagues are already past the midway point of their seasons.
A return to the Revs would not only benefit Agudelo in terms of monetary gains, but with ample playing time for a championship-contending team as well. The Revs, who fell to the LA Galaxy in MLS Cup 2014, lacked a consistent goalscorer at the center forward spot all season long, but reached the championship game anyway. Agudelo, who had great success in that role in 2013 (7 goals in 14 games after being traded mid-season from Chivas USA to New England), would undoubtedly fill that role and make the Revs massive favorites to win the Eastern Conference once again (Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo are now in the Western Conference with expansion sides New York City FC and Orlando City SC taking their places in the East).
MLS has shown a great enough proving ground for a number of American players to establish regular places in Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT, so there’s no reason Agudelo couldn’t do the same with a Stateside return.