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
U.S. Abroad: Alvarado headed to Santos for Torneo Clausura    
Ventura Alvarado is back in the starting lineup at Mexican giant Club America, which tied Necaxa, ...
U.S. Abroad: Gooch faces three-month layoff    
Sunderland's Lynden Gooch, who made his English Premier League debut in August and U.S. national team ...
What They're Saying: Roberto Assis    
"It is a very difficult time. Later on, if there is a contact, we can talk. ...
Women's College Cup: Upstarts battle former champs    
The Division I women's season is down to its final weekend. Georgetown and West Virginia are ...
MLS Cup Countdown: Stars escape major injuries    
Both MLS Cup finalists had key players limp off in the second legs of the conference ...
MLS Preseason: Tournaments set at three sites    
The 2016 MLS season doesn't wrap up for another week, but teams are already finalizing plans ...
What They're Saying: Gareth Southgate    
"The days are gone from when I was younger where we did have beers after a ...
MLS Moves: Minnesota signs first two players    
MLS expansion team Minnesota United signed a pair of defenders -- Justin Davis and Kevin Venegas ...
Video Pick: Walcott controls ball dropped from 111 feet    
Arsenal's Theo Walcott has entered the Guinness World Records by controlling a ball dropped from 111 ...
MLS Awards: Pareja nips Mastroeni for Coach of the Year    
Sometimes the third time really is the charm. In his third year at the helm of ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives