BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
After having Juan Agudelo's British work permit appeal denied in November, Stoke City will make a second attempt in the coming weeks.
Agudelo, 21, left the New England Revolution last year and signed with Stoke City. Once his appeal was denied, he was loaned to Utrecht in Holland for the remainder of the season. So far he has scored two goals in 12 appearances for the Dutch club.
Sources tell YA that Stoke want to have the second appeal in late April or early May. Stoke head coach Mark Hughes recently flew to watch Agudelo play and score the game winning goal for Utrecht against Heracles. Utrecht has only two games left in its season and is safe from relegation and out of contention for a spot in the Europa league.
Boosting Agudelo's chances of a successful appeal will be the fact that Stoke has done well this season under Hughes and the fact that Agudelo appeared for the national team in the most recent FIFA-date friendly against Ukraine.
United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is set to name his preliminary roster early next month for the World Cup. It is expected to include more than 23 players and should Agudelo make that roster, his case will be enhanced.