January 5, 2017
GETTING THE CALL
Revolution's Agudelo joining USMNT for January camp
New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo has been called in by the U.S. Men’s National Team for its annual January Camp.
Agudelo, 24, has 21 caps and three goals in his U.S. career. Agudelo last played for the U.S. as a late substitute in a 1-1 draw with New Zealand Oct. 11. In 2015, Agudelo scored his third career international goal in a friendly against Mexico on April 15, then started and played 45 minutes against Germany on June 10.
Agudelo mae his international debut against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010, becoming the youngest player to score for the U.S. at 17 years, 359 days old when he netted the game-winning goal in the 85th minute. Christian Pulisic broke that mark, scoring at the age of 17 years, 253 days old.
Agudelo matched his career high with seven goals and added a career-high five assists in 24 appearances last season, finished the season with four goals and three assists in the Revolution’s final seven matches. Agudelo also scored twice in a 4-2 loss to FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup final. In six career MLS campaigns, Agudelo has made 129 appearances (78 starts), scoring 32 goals for the New York Red Bulls (2010-12), Chivas USA (2012-13), and the Revolution (2013, 2015-present).
All players on the roster are from the MLS, representing 15 teams. The camp does not fall during a FIFA international window for the release of players. Among the group are nine World Cup veterans, eight 2016 MLS All-Stars and three season-end league award winners.
The U.S. will meet Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego at 1 p.m. PT Jan 29 (ESPN2, UniMas) and Jamaica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn., at 7 p.m. ET Feb. 3 (FS1, UniMas).
"With games at the end of the month and the World Cup Qualifiers in March, this is going to be a critical time for us," coach Bruce Arena said in a release. "It's important that we come in and quickly establish an understanding of what we are about and how we go about building our team. As for the players, we are coming into this with an open mind, so it's a huge opportunity for them."
• GOALKEEPERS (5): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
• DEFENDERS (10): DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached),Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
• MIDFIELDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas),Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
• FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)