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Meet Juan Agudelo

Posted by Julian Cardillo  May 7, 2013 07:05 PM

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The Revolution have acquired US National Team forward Juan Agudelo from Chivas USA in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money. Agudelo, 20, is one of the US' most exciting prospects and has already flourished in big game situations.

He scored the game-winning goal off the bench in a friendly against South Africa in 2010 at age 17 and the tying goal in a 1-1 draw against Argentina in New York in 2011.

Agudelo joined Chivas USA last year as part of a four-player trade with the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls groomed the Colombian-born Agudelo in their academy, and he immediately caught the eyes of major clubs around the world such as Millionarios and Celtic.

On the recommendation of current US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Agudelo has spent the offseason participating in training stints with the likes of Stuttgart and Liverpool. Klinsmann appears to like what he sees, even if Agudelo had an injury-riddled 2012 season, as he has called him up to the national team twice in the last 12 months. On Nov. 14, 2012, Agudelo rewarded Klinsmann's faith in him by assisting on Michael Bradley's game-tying goal in a friendly against Russia.

Not only does Agudelo have quick pace and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, but he also can score with any part of his body. Each one of his 11 goals in MLS is unique -- that's something the Revolution haven't had in a striker since Taylor Twellman.

Nevertheless, Agudelo is young and still developing. It also looks as though he will play the set-up man for Revolution forwards Jerry Bengston, Diego Fagundez, and Saer Sene.

The Revolution have scored just four goals through the first eight games of the season, and only one of them has come from a forward. That's a problem that Agudelo should help address.There needs to be more output from the strikers and less reliance on the defense if the Revolution are going to contend for a playoff spot this season.

The Revolution's newest forward is expected to arrive in New England later this week. The Revolution host Real Salt Lake at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night.

Take a look down below at what Agudelo has done. The first video is his first-ever international goal. The second is one of his most memorable goals for New York.

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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