KENYA BROWN - Sunday, February 1, 2015
The wave of Americans returning to Major League Soccer continued on Friday as the New England Revolution announced the re-signing of forward Juan Agudelo.
The 22-year-old has signed a four-year non-Designated Player contract.
"I am extremely happy to officially sign minutes ago and be back with the best teammates and coaching staff #NERevs," he posted on his Twitter account on Thursday.
Agudelo returns to the reigning Eastern Conference champions after spending a year trying to sign with a team in Europe. He had signed a contract with English Premier League side Stoke City in Aug. 2013 and was expected to join the team in Jan. 2014, but failed to get a work permit. He was then sent out on loan to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht where he scored three goals in 14 appearances. The Potters tried once again for a work permit for the native of Colombia, but were denied once again.
There had been rumors over the second half of 2014 that Agudelo would sign with a team in Germany with the likes of Hannover 96, 1860 Munich and Werder Bremen reportedly showing interest. It was also reported that English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers wanted to sign the player as he was looking to acquire Cypriot citizenship.
However, the New York Red Bulls Academy alum has decided to return to the Foxborough-based side in an effort to re-start his career.
Agudelo's return to the Revs, if he plays well, should also see him return to the fold for the U.S. national team. So far he has earned 18 caps and scored 2 goals goals for the team.