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Stoke agree deal for American striker

Stoke City clinch the signing of Juan Agudelo

By | 10th August 2013

Premier League side Stoke City have agreed to sign American international Juan Agudelo to a pre-contract, with the player set to join the club on January 1st, 2014 after his contract with MLS club New England Revolution expires, according to multiple reports including the Guardian. The attacker has been in the MLS since 2010, but has had so much success that he caught the eye of Stoke City, who already employ a contingent of Americans.

Agudelo, who will link up with fellow Americans Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, and Brek Shea at Stoke, has only been with the Revolution for one season, appearing in five matches with three goals for the MLS side this season. The 20-year-old broke through into the New York Red Bulls first team at the age of 17 before moving to Chivas USA and then to the Revolution this season through a trade with Chivas.

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes, who spoke about the signing says that the addition of Agudelo, shared his feelings about how much the MLS has improved in the past few years.

“We’ve played against five MLS teams in the last two years and have been consistently impressed with the quality we’ve come up against. We’ve already taken two players directly from MLS in Geoff and Brek,” said Scholes to the Guardian.

“Geoff readily adapted to life in the Premier League by making 35 league appearances for us in his first season at the Britannia Stadium. Brek and Maurice will be looking to do likewise this season and we’re confident that Juan will be able to follow suit.”

The Premier League squad have already added two other players this summer besides Agudelo, adding former Barcelona center back Marc Muniesa on a free transfer as well as PSV left-back Erik Pieters for a fee rumored to be around €3.5 million. Stoke manager Mark Hughes is very excited to have Agudelo to join the squad as well.

“It’s a good deal for us because he is a very good young player who boasts a lot of talent, as well as a lot of potential too,” said Hughes to the Guardian.

“I’ve known of him for a couple of years now. He burst on to the scene for the United States at the age of 17 and everybody has paid attention to him since.”

The Colombian-born forward has made 17 appearances for the US national squad since 2010, scoring twice for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

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