Juan Agudelo Both "Shocked and Excited" by Trade to RevolutionMay 9, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) New England Revolution
But when Agudelo eventually returns to the field, it won't be in a Chivas USA jersey. The promising young forward was traded to the New England Revolution on Tuesday afternoon and by Thursday morning he was on the training field outside Gillette Stadium joining his new Revolution teammates for a light workout.
Agudelo admits the trade caught him a bit off guard, but the 20-year-old U.S. National Team striker is looking forward to the opportunity which now stands before him in New England.
"I was a little bit shocked and excited at the same time," Agudelo said of his reaction to the trade. "I'm hearing good things about New England. Very good players here, great coaching staff and the owner gets along with the players really well, which I really like. I'm excited to be here."
The Revs specifically targeted Agudelo as they searched for attacking reinforcements, which were deemed of paramount importance for an offense which has generated just five goals through nine games.
General Manager Michael Burns said Agudelo is precisely the type of player the Revs need to spark the attack, and that vote of confidence provides a mental boost for the New York Red Bulls Academy product.
"They came and got me as a player for what they felt they needed," said Agudelo. "They felt I matched what was necessary for this team to succeed, which was to get an attacking forward that would create chances and also maybe finish off chances.
"It gives me a lot of confidence to go out there and just keep doing what I'm comfortable doing, which is my game. I'll do the best that I can to help this team make the playoffs and help this organization succeed."
Agudelo hopes to make his Revolution debut in the near future and said his hamstring is improving every day. Although he's unlikely to feature against another of his former clubs - the Red Bulls - on Saturday night, he is hoping to return to full training with his new club on Friday morning.
In the meantime, Agudelo is focused on settling into a new locker room for the second time in the past year.
"It's been great," he said. "I'm getting along with the guys really well. They've been really welcoming to me and I appreciate that. I'm just trying to be a nice guy, just coming in trying to break in nice."
Major League Soccer Stories from May 9, 2013
- Robbie Keane and Todd Dunivant Return to Training after Injury Layoff - Los Angeles Galaxy
- LA Galaxy Head to Vancouver Aiming for Three Points against Whitecaps - Los Angeles Galaxy
- Vilchez ready for his return - Club Deportivo Chivas USA
- MLS Disciplinary Committee Suspends Chivas USA Midfielder Carlos Alvarez and Fines Philadelphia and - MLS
- Juan Agudelo Both "Shocked and Excited" by Trade to Revolution - New England Revolution
- Philadelphia Union to Host Party on the Plaza Before Game vs. LA - Philadelphia Union
- Rio Tinto Stadium to Host UHSAA Boys Soccer Championships - Real Salt Lake
- Black & Gold by the Numbers - Columbus Crew
- Crew Youth Update - Columbus Crew
- Omar Salgado Undergoes Successful Surgery - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Cruz Selected to EA SPORTS FIFA 13 Ultimate Team of the Week - Philadelphia Union
- Toronto FC Acquire Israeli International Ben Haim - Toronto FC
- San Jose Earthquakes Come from Behind to Top Toronto FC 2-1 - San Jose Earthquakes
- Timbers Extend Unbeaten Run to Eight, Earn Draw at FC Dallas - Portland Timbers
- FC Dallas Remains Unbeaten at Home; Draws Portland Timbers FC, 1-1 - FC Dallas
- Real Salt Lake Gets by Revolution 2-1 - New England Revolution
- Sporting KC Suffers 1-0 Loss to Seattle Sounders FC - Sporting Kansas City
- Real Salt Lake Downs New England 2-1 in Dramatic Fashion - Real Salt Lake
- Seattle Sounders FC Tip Sporting Kansas City Late 1-0 - Seattle Sounders FC
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.