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Juan Agudelo agrees Stoke City deal

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Juan Agudelo burst onto the scene for the United States men's national team when he scored a dramatic 85th minute winner to defeat South Africa in 2010. 

That goal made him the youngest modern era player to score for the United States on the international level. 

He has gone on to score two goals for his country in a total of 17 international appearances.

The young striker has now signed a pre-contract agreement that will see him join English Premier League side Stoke City on the first of January. 

He will become the fourth American player in the Potters squad when he joins up with fellow internationals Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, and Brek Shea.

Stoke's chief executive Tony Scholes believes that Agudelo's move displays Major League Soccer's growth in quality and young talent. 

Speaking to The Guardian, Scholes said: "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.

"Geoff [Cameron] 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."

New Stoke manager Mark Hughes continued speaking about the move, and said: "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."

Agudelo will hope to continue his decent goalscoring record in the MLS, with 12 goals in 75 matches, as he leaves his current side, the New England Revolution, and joins up with Stoke City at the turn of the year.

 

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