After nearly a full year without a club, 22-year-old forward Juan Agudelo is close to returning to MLS with the New England Revolution, Goal.com reports.
Agudelo made his name in MLS as a teenager, beginning with his hometown club the New York Red Bulls, followed by stints at Chivas USA and finally the Revolution. His performances earned Agudelo several call-ups to the U.S. national team, most of which came in 2011 when he was named to the team's Gold Cup squad.
It was after his stint in New England that Agudelo secured a move to Stoke City of the English Premier League on a free transfer, a move that unexpectedly ended up de-railing his career.
Upon being denied a UK work permit that would have allowed him to play for Stoke City, the club sent Agudelo on loan to FC Utrecht of the Dutch Eredivisie, with hope that experience there would work in his favor upon applying for the work permit a second time.
Agudelo scored three times in 14 appearances with Utrecht, but was denied a work permit once again in May of last year. As a result, Agudelo and Stoke mutually agreed to cancel his contract, but the forward has surprisingly been unable to secure a move elsewhere. Agudelo has not appeared in an official game of any kind since a one-goal, one-assist performance for Utrecht on May 3, 2014, a span of 268 days (and counting).
A move to New England will further boost the attacking corps of the side that narrowly lost in the 2014 MLS Cup final to the Los Angeles Galaxy. However, where exactly Agudelo will play is another question entirely. Since his departure, the Revolution have established options at forward and winger, both positions where Agudelo can make an impact.