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Out of contract Juan Agudelo protected by New England Revolution for expansion draft

Cristian Penilla and Luis Caicedo and Juan Agudelo
New England Revolution forward Cristian Penilla (70) celebrates with midfielder Luis Caicedo (27) and forward Juan Agudelo (17) after scoring a goal during the second half against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium.(Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

The New England Revolution appears to think that there’s a chance it could forward Juan Agudelo could be back in 2019.

Agudelo, who is out of contract at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s and has been linked with an overseas transfer for months, was one of 11 players the Revolution protected on Monday afternoon ahead of Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft, the club announced. 

Joining Agudelo on the list of protected players are goalkeeper Matt Turner; defenders Antonio Delamea, Michael Mancienne, Brandon Bye, and Andrew Farrell; midfielders Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez, Luis Caicedo, and Cristian Penilla; and forward Teal Bunbury.

Automatically protected are homegrown players Scott Caldwell, Nicolas Firmino, Isaac Angking, and Zach Herivaux.

FC Cincinnati will only get five selections in Tuesday’s Expansion Draft and can only pick one player from every team in the league with the exception of San Jose, Columbus, Seattle, Toronto, and Sporting Kansas City, who each had players selected by Los Angeles Football Club in last year’s expansion draft. 

If FCC hoose a Revolution player, it will be from the following pool: goalkeepers Brad Knighton and Cody Cropper; defenders Gabriel Somi and Jalil Anibaba; midfielder Wilfried Zahibo and forward Brian Wright.

Of note: Zahibo was an MLS All-Star last season.

The Revolution extended Agudelo a Bona Fide offer to stay in New England in 2019 despite the rumors linking him to teams in Spain and Turkey. Agudelo scored just two goals last season despite making $602,500 last season, according to MLS Players Union figures.

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