Capable of playing up front or on the wing, Juan Agudelo is one of the most dangerous young attacking talents in MLS. Already with six years of professional experience under his belt, Agudelo has scored 25 goals in an MLS career that has seen him appear in more than 100 games with three clubs. Internationally, he is the youngest player ever to score for the U.S. National Team, doing so in 2010 at the age of 17. In 2015 Agudelo broke back into the U.S. squad, marking his return with a goal Mexico in April 2015.
2015: Appeared in all but two of the Revs’ games in all competitions, scoring seven goals and adding three assists while playing up front and on either wing. Agudelo joined the team in preseason, officially signing with the club on January 30. He started each of the first 14 games of the year before missing the 2-0 loss at Portland on June 6 while on international duty. He scored his first goal of the season on April 4, giving the Revs a 1-0 lead on the road against Colorado en route to a 2-0 win. He added a goal and an assist in the 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake on April 25 – the first time that he had a goal and an assist in a game since March 2013 – before scoring in back-to-back games against Toronto FC and Sporting Kansas City in mid-May. He scored his next goal against Houston on August 15 and added further goals against Orlando City SC in early September and in the at Chicago on October 3. Agudelo, whose seven goals were tied for the second-most on the team, added assists in the 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy on May 31 and at home against New York on Sept. 16. He scored New England’s lone goal in the playoffs, converting a spectacular overhead kick against D.C. United in the Revs’ 2-1 loss in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round on October 28.
2013: Split the season between Chivas USA and the Revolution, appearing in 20 games and scoring a career-best nine goals to go along with two assists. He had two goals and an assist in six games with Chivas USA before being traded to New England on May 7 in exchange for allocation money. Agudelo made his Revolution debut on May 18 and scored late in a 2-0 road win over Houston. He scored again in his home debut a week later against Toronto FC and added his third in a Revolution shirt on June 15 in a 4-3 road loss to Vancouver. He suffered a right knee injury on June 26 in a U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal against D.C. United, forcing him to miss almost two months of action. He returned to action in mid-August and scored three goals in his first two games back from injury, one of which was an MLS Goal of the Year finalist. He scored his final goal of the season in the Revs’ regular-season finale away to Columbus on October 27, tallying the only goal in a 1-0 win that clinched a playoff berth for New England. He had one assist in the club’s two playoff games against Sporting Kansas City, helping to set up Kelyn Rowe’s game-winning goal in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series.
2012: Made a total of 24 appearances with the New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA, playing four times for New York before being traded West to Chivas USA on May 18 in exchange for Heath Pearce. He scored three goals and had three assists, setting a career-high, that season, with all coming after his trade. He scored his first goal for Chivas USA in his second game with the club on May 26, a 1-1 home draw with Seattle. His first assist came almost a month later in a home win over Montreal on June 20. Agudelo converted the only penalty kick of his MLS career on August 25 in a 6-2 home loss to the Sounders before tallying the only multi-assist game of his MLS career four days later in a 3-3 draw against the Revs at Gillette Stadium. He scored his final goal of the year in his club’s season finale on October 28, a stoppage time tally that helped Chivas salvage a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas.
2011: An MLS All-Star as a Commissioner’s Pick in his first full season as a pro, Agudelo had six goals and two assists in 27 games with the Red Bulls. He started 12 times on the year, including the first start of his MLS career at Seattle on March 19. He scored the first goal of his MLS career in that game, helping the Red Bulls earn a 1-0 win. He won the MLS Goal of the Week award for his next goal, an April 21 strike against D.C. United, before tallying the first multi-goal game of his MLS career on July 6, scoring twice late in a 5-0 win away to Toronto FC. Agudelo recorded the first assist of his MLS career on July 20, setting up a Thierry Henry goal on the road against Colorado. He added goals against FC Dallas on July 23 and Vancouver on Sept. 10, the second of which was his fourth goal as a substitute on the season, while also adding his first game-winning assist on September 17 against FC Dallas. He appeared in one of the Red Bulls’ two postseason games against the LA Galaxy that year while also playing nine minutes against Manchester United in the All-Star Game in Houston.
2010: Signed his first professional contract on March 26, 2010, becoming the New York Red Bulls’ second-ever Homegrown signing. He made just two regular-season appearances in his rookie year, debuting as a late substitute in a 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake on October 9. He made his first start as a professional on April 27 in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match against Philadelphia while also starting the Third Round loss to Harrisburg City Islanders. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Agudelo made his first two starts in an MLS competition, playing 174 of 180 minutes against San Jose in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He had his first assist as a professional in the second leg of that series, setting up Juan Pablo Angel’s second-half goal.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS
Signed a pre-contract with Stoke City of the English Premier League on August 9, 2013 and looked to join them after the completion of the 2013 MLS season, but was denied a UK work permit. He went on loan to FC Utrecht of the Dutch Eredivisie, scoring three times – including two game-winners – and setting up three others in 14 games. However, he was denied a work permit again ahead of the start of the 2014-15 Premier League season, leading to the mutually agreed termination of his contract with the club.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
Agudelo has been capped 20 times with the United States, scoring three goals and adding three assists. He made his international debut on November 17, 2010 in a friendly against South Africa, scoring the game-winning goal late in a 1-0 win. That goal made him the youngest player ever to score for the U.S., coming six days shy of his 18th birthday. His second goal came on March 26, 2011 in a 1-1 draw with Argentina in a friendly at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. After more than a year out of the National Team, he was called back in to the squad on April 15, 2015, scoring shortly after coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 win over Mexico at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Agudelo also appeared for the U.S. Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 national teams, playing at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.