We already knew that Juan Agudelo would not play for the New England Revolution in 2014, and we knew that he would join the EPL’s Stoke City in August, but what we didn’t know is what he would be doing in the mean time. A loan was surely the answer, but the destination was in question. Announced by ESPN’s Marc Stein, Agudelo is now set to join FC Utrecht of the Dutch Eredivisie.
The 21-year-old striker is very talented and has an extremely bright future ahead of him. The move to Stoke will be great for his career — a challenge and an opportunity to prove himself. The loan with Utrecht should keep him sharp as he trains to join England’s top league.
Agudelo himself confirmed the move on Sunday afternoon with a tweet and a cool picture of the stadium he will be playing in…
— Juan Agudelo (@JuanAgudelo) January 19, 2014
Many of the destination guesses that were being thrown around included clubs in Belgium, Holland, or Spain, so obviously some of them were right. (In case you don’t know, Holland is a province of the Netherlands, Utrecht is a different province. You should click that link, I promise you’ll learn something you didn’t know.)
The Dutch Eredivisie is a league that prides itself in high scoring games and one the has featured a few Americans. Jozy Altidore played with AZ Alkmaar, where he set the record for the most goals scored in a season by an American in Europe with 31 (that’s a lot of prepositional phrases). After Altidore left, U.S. striker Aron Johannsson joined Alkmaar where he’s scored 13 goals in 21 appearances.
Agudelo wasn’t able to join Stoke City in this 2013-14 season due to that fact that he was unable to acquire a work permit. Although the whole permit problem will be solved in March, it would be unwise for a new player to join during the final stretch of the season.