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Legion FC Re-Signs Star Forward Juan Agudelo

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January 19, 2023 – United Soccer League Championship (USL)Birmingham Legion FC News Release

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham Legion FC announced today the re-signing of former Major League Soccer standout and United States Men’s National Team international Juan Agudelo, pending league and federation approval.

“Keeping Juan in Birmingham was a priority for us this offseason,” said Jay Heaps, Legion FC President & GM. “His ability to connect our front line with our midfield raises the level of the entire attacking group.”

The 30-year-old forward made an immediate impact after joining Legion FC a few games into the season in 2022, scoring the fourth-most goals on the team (seven) and finishing tied for second in assists (five) after making 28 appearances.

Before making the move to Birmingham, Agudelo spent six seasons with the New England Revolution, including playing under now Legion FC President & GM Jay Heaps and Head Coach Tommy Soehn. He also earned 28 caps with the USMNT and was a part of the roster that won the 2017 Gold Cup.

“I’m very excited [to re-sign with Legion FC],” said Agudelo. “I’m ready to build on what we were building last year. I felt like I left with some unfinished business and a core group that’s capable of winning a championship. I’m choosing this return to win a trophy, and get one under my belt, because I believe this team can do that.”

Agudelo made over 280 appearances from 2010 to 2021 for New York Red Bulls, Chivas USA, New England, Inter Miami and Minnesota United in MLS and scored 47 goals to go along with 20 assists. In 2014 he signed with Stoke City in the English Premier League and went on loan to FC Utrecht in the Netherlands Eredivisie where he played 14 times and scored three goals that season.

Internationally, Agudelo represented the United States at the under-17, under-20, under-23 and senior team levels. In his 28 caps for the national team, he scored three goals and added two assists. He scored in his first-team international debut, a 1-0 win over South Africa in 2010, becoming the youngest goal scorer in USMNT history, at the time, six days shy of his 18th birthday.

Transaction: Birmingham Legion FC signed forward Juan Agudelo, pending league and federation approval.

Player Profile:

Name: Juan Sebastian Agudelo

Position: Forward

Number: 9

Height: 6′ 1″

Weight: 185 lbs.

Birthdate: November 23, 1992 (Age: 30)

Birthplace: Manizales, Colombia

Citizenship: American, Colombian

Previous Club: Minnesota United (MLS)


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