Earlier this afternoon Juan Agudelo tweeted he had signed with Premier League club Stoke City, and a six month loan was imminent. ESPN’s Taylor Twellman later broke news of the loan club being in Holland, Belgium, or Spain. This news comes after rumors linked Agudelo to Belgian side Anderlecht, where fellow American Sacha Kljestan plays.
Agudelo, 21, has played in MLS since 2010; splitting his time between New York, Chivas, and New England. Agudelo made 16 appearances with the Revs last season totaling 7 goals and an assist. Those are impressive numbers considering he was injured for a large part of the season.
So the move to Stoke, good or bad? I LOVE it. I am incredibly excited to see what Agudelo can do in Europe. He is very talented, has great pace, and is flashy. If he can stay healthy and perform consistently, he could be a great player for Stoke in the future. And who knows maybe he goes to Anderlecht and shatters defenses over six months, and is playing in the World Cup for the Yanks. His upside is high, and so are expectations, considering he scored for the US against Messi’s Argentina at age 19. Here’s to hoping Juan Agudelo will make it big-time in Europe at Stoke-Merica.