Juan Agudelo Exclusive: NYRB Star Talks MLS Chances, Thierry Henry and USMNT

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Juan Agudelo Exclusive: NYRB Star Talks MLS Chances, Thierry Henry and USMNT
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Juan Agudelo is one of the most interesting men in sports. 

It has been just under two years since the New Jersey native signed with the New York Red Bulls of MLS, then just beginning his dream of playing soccer professionally. While memories from two years ago can be refreshed in our minds like yesterday, the amount of things that can happen in that short 24-month period are remarkable. 

Just ask Juan Agudelo, who has emerged onto not just the MLS scene, but the US Men's National Team and Olympic radars as well since his first day on the job. 

It would take hours to write an accurate biography of the recent life events of Juan Agudelo, but general background certainly needs to be stated in order to understand his quick ascension into our weekly television programs. 

In October 2010, Juan made his MLS debut against Real Salt Lake for the New York Red Bulls. A little more than a month later, he scored the game-winning goal in his USMNT debut against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.

In March 2011, Juan scored against South American giants Argentina in his home state of NJ to earn the Yanks a 1-1 draw. The following MLS season, Juan was selected by MLS commissioner Don Garber to play in the MLS All-Star game against Manchester United at Red Bull Arena. 

Now, after winter training stints with Vfb Stuttgart and Liverpool, Juan prepares for what will surely be one of the most eventful years of his life as the 2012 Olympics, Red Bulls season and 2014 World Cup qualifying all get ready to take place.

By the looks of it, Juan Agudelo's frenetic career shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

With so much to look forward to, there surely is a lot on his mind heading into the middle of 2012. Fortunately, through the Team Kellogg's organization, I got a quick look inside what the young star is thinking via a phone interview earlier this week. Want to know what Juan is thinking heading into such an eventful year? Click through this slideshow to see the topics discussed in our interview!

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