Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Agudelo and Najar, homegrown transfer targets
by Paul Kennedy, December 10th, 2012 10:30PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  chivas usa, d.c. united, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Major League Soccer clubs are spending about $20 million annually on player development but have yet to see a monetary payoff on their investment. The first two homegrown players who could garner a sizable transfer fee are Chivas USA's Juan Agudelo and D.C. United's Andy Najar. Agudelo recently finished a training stint at Celtic, and Najar just arrived at Belgian champion Anderlecht for what the local press was calling a tryout.

Before Agudelo left on vacation for his native Colombia, where he saw his father for the first time in five years, Celtic manager Neil Lennon said he was impressed with the 20-year-old Chivas USA striker during the training stint, one of many MLS has arranged for young players at foreign clubs during the league's offseason.

"He has looked very good," said Lennon.

Agudelo reportedly has one year left on his contract -- which would make him a prime candidate for a transfer abroad.

After two-plus seasons with the New York Red Bulls, he was traded to Chivas USA in June 2012, after which he scored three goals in 20 games (16 starts). Chivas USA would have an incentive to sell Agudelo as it seeks funds for its anticipated makeover with Mexican talent.

The Honduran-born Najar's arrival in Brussels could be the first step in a move that would begin with a loan deal through June 2013, followed by a permanent transfer at Anderlecht's option.

The 19-year-old Najar signed a multi-year contract extension in December 2010 following his Rookie of the Year season with D.C. United.

Anderlecht coach John van den Brom is high on Najar, who would compete for playing time on the right wing with another teenager, highly rated Belgian Massimo Bruno.

Two other Hondurans, both now in MLS, have been at Anderlecht. San Jose Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez spent two years in Belgium, while Seattle Sounders midfielder Mario Martinez had a six-month loan deal.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
NWSL: Reign's Fishlock sidelined with fractured tibia    
Jess Fishlock, an NWSL Best XI pick in each of her three seasons with the Seattle ...
MLS Week 9: Weekend schedule    
One of five Saturday afternoon matches features the Montreal Impact, first in the Eastern Conference, against ...
Soccer gets new Vegas pitchman: David Beckham    
A surprise pitchman at Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis' Thursday meeting with Las Vegas government officials ...
MLS Countdown: FC Dallas looks to rebound quickly    
FC Dallas, which plays at the New York Red Bulls in a battle of 2015 conference ...
Alex Morgan flexes her social media muscle    
If U.S. women's national team players want to show off their clout to make their case ...
What They're Saying: Seattle Sounders sports scientist Dave Tenney    
"One of the biggest red flags we have is guys that have kids. Almost across the ...
U.S. U-19 men fall to Slovakia on the way to final    
The Brad Friedel-coached U.S. U-19 men's national team, having already clinched a spot in the Slovakia ...
Video Pick: Dog invades field, kisses player    
The hound who ran onto the field during a Copa Libertadores game seemed especially happy to ...
What They're Saying: Tweet from Argentine club Tigre    
"Carrying the club inside you won't just be a metaphor." -- Tweet from Argentine club Tigre ...
Awards: Club America's Sambueza takes top CCL honor    
Captain Rubens Sambueza, who provided seven assists in nine starts in leading Club America to the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives