Juan Agudelo’s return to Major League Soccer is officially official, the new-again New England Revolution forward tweeted on Thursday.
Agudelo, who is still only 22 years old, scored seven goals in 14 appearances for the Revolution in 2013, his final season in MLS, after being traded from Chivas USA to the Revs on May 7 of that year. He had been without a club since Premier League side Stoke City, who Agudelo signed for on a free transfer at the end of 2013, released him upon failing on two attempts to secure a UK work permit in May 2014.
Agudelo spent four months on loan with Eredivisie (Netherlands) side FC Utrecht, where he scored three league goals in 15 appearances, two of which coming in his final three games for the club.
— AGUDELO (@JuanAgudelo) January 29, 2015
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I wrote the following on Monday regarding Agudelo’s rumored return to the Revs, and what it means for his career going forward:
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, would undoubtedly fill that role and make the Revs massive favorites to win the Eastern Conference once again.
MLS has shown a great enough proving ground for a number of American players to establish regular places in Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. national team, so there’s no reason Agudelo couldn’t do the same with a Stateside return.