Darren Abate/AP
By The SI Staff
April 15, 2015

After replacing the lone goal scorer and making his first USA appearance in more than a year, Juan Agudelo reminded all why he has been such a highly touted prospect in the U.S. system ever since he scored on his first cap. 

Agudelo expertly took down a long pass from Michael Bradley, collected possession, took a couple touches and laced a shot from the top of the box by Cirilo Saucedo for the goal that gave the USA a familiar 2-0 lead over Mexico in the 72nd minute on Wednesday at the Alamodome. 

The 22-year-old Agudelo, back in MLS with the New England Revolution after a largely inactive and frustrating time abroad in 2013-14, has one goal in the 2015 MLS season. He scored in his first U.S. appearance, back in November 2010 against South Africa, and followed with a goal in a friendly against Argentina a few months later. His goal against Mexico was his first for the senior national team since then–a span of more than four years.

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