This afternoon, the New England Revolution have traded for Chivas USA striker Juan Agudelo for an undisclosed amount of allocation money according to President Brian Billelo and other sources. 20-year-old Juan currently leads Chivas with 2 goals in four games started this year, while also contributing 1 assist. In his fourth year professionally, Agudelo is an exciting starter both in the MLS and internationally. Most notably, this season is Agudelo’s last of his contract, a healthy one at that at $175,000. Whether or not New England intends to keep the Colombian native for the future is unknown, but with a healthy salary bump expected he could surely be used against the designated player policy the MLS has.
This move is critical to a defensively strong team in the Revolution who just haven’t been able to find the back of the net during the 2013 campaign. A striker like Agudelo brings a lot to the table, as his speed and goal scoring abilities are top notch in the MLS. Hopefully some chemistry with Jerry Bengtson or Saer Sene could push New England along to a team with constant fire power up top.
As Agudelo packs his bags, it looks as if Agudelo could be worked into the roster as soon as Saturday’s game against the New York Red Bulls (his first MLS team). According to Agudelo’s twitter account @jagudelo11, Juan will now wear number 10 for the Revs. New England will next host Real Salt Lake Wednesday night at 8pm ET.
The New England Revolution traded team captain Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA today for another midfielder in Blair Gavin of Chivas USA. Gavin was selected 10th overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and has shown his importance to Chivas throughout the past two seasons.
After more than 9 consecutive seasons with the Revolution, Joseph will go down in club history a the all-time leader in appearences and starts. He has finished with 34 assists and 37 goals with New England as well. Shalrie has accumulated multiple MLS Best XI performer awards and has appeared in the MLS All-Star game eight times.
The move was a tough one for management to make in Foxboro, but seems to be clearly tactical. Joseph is without a doubt showing his age on the field and quite injury prone most of this season. A young defensive midfielder such as Gavin will fit nicely in the Revolution formula, but Revs fan all over are sad to see the team leader go.