Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Agudelo: Altidore Convinced Me to Sign for Utrecht
ESPN FC, January 21st, 2014 1:42PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, men's national team, mls, netherlands, new england revolution

MOST COMMENTED

In an interview with Dutch media, Juan Agudelo revealed that his USA teammate Jozy Altidore convinced him to sign on loan with FC Utrecht of the Dutch Eredivisie while he waits to reapply for a British work permit with Stoke City, his parent club. Agudelo completed the switch from the New England Revolution in MLS to Stoke last November, but the Premier League club was unable to secure a work permit for him due to his lack of first-team appearances for the U.S. national team last year.

As the 21-year-old is unable to reapply for a work permit until March at the earliest, Stoke decided to loan him out in order to get him first-team playing time. Agudelo reveals that he chose Utrecht after speaking with Stoke teammate Erik Pieters and Sunderland striker Altidore, who used to play for Dutch club AZ. "Erik Pieters has told me that it's a great club. He grew up around here and he loved it, he loved playing here. Also Jozy Altidore has told me much about the club. I'm very good friends with him. I was just having dinner with him about a week ago trying to make my decision where to go and Utrecht seems to be the perfect spot for me."

Agudelo also spoke of his excitement of finally realizing his dream of playing in Europe. "I just have this feeling on the tip of my tongue of basically stepping on the field in a European stage," he said. "It's been a dream since I was a little boy watching TV seeing players play here in Europe. There's nowhere else any other soccer player would want to play than in Europe.” Agudelo could make his Utrecht debut on Wednesday against NEC in the Dutch Cup.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Scolari Gets a Job    
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned as Brazil coach after its disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign, has ...
World Cup Runner-up Coach Steps Down    
Alejandro Sabella, who guided Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit ...
Ronaldinho on the Move    
Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has left Atletico Mineiro. The 34-year-old former Barcelona, AC ...
Beer Approved in the Big House    
Normally, alcohol sale and consumption is strictly forbidden inside the University of Michigan's stadium, but beer ...
Sturridge Wishes Suarez Well    
Daniel Sturridge says he'll need some help from his teammates if the departure of the Uruguayan ...
Liverpool Signs Belgian Teen Star Striker    
Liverpool has signed of 19-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi, whose goal against Russia sent the Red ...
Tevez's Kidnapped Father Released    
Juan Alberto Cabral, the father of Juventus' Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, was kidnapped and released eight ...
Atletico Madrid Signs Young French Star    
Spanish La Liga champion Atletico Madrid has acquired 23-year-old French World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from ...
Cuauhtemoc Blanco Makes Comeback at 41    
Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the ...
Jack Wilshere Regrets Having a Smoke    
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was caught on ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives