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Inter Miami CF acquire Juan Agudelo

Agudelo, 27, is set to play for his fourth MLS club by joining Inter Miami CF.

new england revolution striker juan agudelo playing against the houston dynamo
Apr 8, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo (17) attempts a shot on goal during the first half against the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

American striker Juan Agudelo is headed to Inter Miami CF.

Miami, an expansion club which will play its inaugural season in 2020, acquired Agudelo by trading a third-round pick in the 2021 MLS Superdraft to Toronto FC Saturday afternoon.

“Juan has several years of experience in and out of this league and still has a lot to give,” Inter Miami sporting  director Paul McDonough said in a prepared statement. “He has shown that he’s a very talented player and we feel he will add valuable depth to our squad.”

Toronto selected Agudelo, 27, in the second round of the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft in November after the New England Revolution declined his contract option for next season. 

TFC and Agudelo subsequently failed to agree to a new contract, which opened the door for Miami to make a trade. Agudelo’s 2019 contract paid him $605,000, excluding performance-based bonuses, according to the MLS Players Association.

Agudelo, who has represented the United States men’s national team sporadically since 2011, scored four goals in 31 games across all competitions for the Revolution last year. He has recorded 43 goals and 18 assists during his MLS career, which started in 2010 with the New York Red Bulls and also included a stop with now-defunct Chivas USA.

New England first acquired Agudelo in 2013 from Chivas USA. He helped the club reach the postseason that year, then departed in the fall for Stoke City of the English Premier League. But Agudelo never suited up for Stoke City because he failed to obtain a British work permit and eventually returned to New England in 2015 after a brief loan stint with Dutch club FC Utrecht from 2013-14.

The Colombian striker showed flashes of brilliance the last five years – namely through his eclectic ball control skills that earned him the nickname “Swagudelo” – but mostly struggled to contribute consistently to the Revolution under head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena, as well as his predecessors Brad Friedel and Jay Heaps.

With Miami, which is set to be his fourth MLS club, Agudelo will join an attacking corps that currently includes Argentinian forward Julian Carranza and German striker Jerome Kiesewetter.




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