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Juan Agudelo returns to MLS with New England Revolution

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Former Stoke City striker Juan Agudelo has completed a full circle by moving back to Major League soccer with the New England Revolution.

The United States international has finally found himself a new club after being released by the Premier League side last year, returning to his former employers the Revolution on a free transfer.

The forward will link up with his new and also old teammates this week as New England start pre-season training ahead of the 2015 MLS season.

The deal brings an end to an odd spell for Agudelo, who was one of the brightest stars in North American soccer when he originally moved to Europe. Still only 22-years old, MLS tried to acquire Agudelo's services last summer, but they were turned down as the striker wanted to stay in the continent.

Despite being linked with Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga and a training spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship, no deal was reached and Agudelo has been a free agent since May of last year. 

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Agudelo never made a Premier League appearance for Stoke City thanks to the Midlands side twice being rejected for a work permit. Stoke assumed they would get the permit eventually with the striker being a part of the USMNT and having 18 caps to his name at such a young age so signed Agudelo anyway.

The Potters sent him out on loan to FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie to get more playing time while he tried to earn a permit. Agudelo ended up appearing in 14 games for the Dutch side, scoring just three times whilst being shown up by fellow American striker Aron Johannsson of AZ Alkmaar who netted 17 times that year.

New England retained Agudelo's rights thanks to him leaving the side at the end of his contract instead of as a transfer. The Colombian born forward first made his name at the New York Red Bulls before moving to Chivas USA in 2012. From there he joined the Revs for the first time. 

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