This was a little over a week since it had been confirmed that Mark Hughes and Stoke City had reached an agreement with the Colombian-born player that would bring him to England at the start of January. He signed a pre-contract with the club, which was first reported on Aug. 6.
I'm sure Hughes will be even happier with his decision after he sees what Agudelo did to open the scoring in this crucial fixture. It occurred in the wee hours of the morning in England, so I would assume he was asleep when this happened:
As Chris Tierney hit a great ball over the top from behind the halfway line, Agudelo realized that onrushing keeper Sean Johnson would prevent him from hitting the ball straight at the goal for a classic breakaway finish.
With this in mind, he had the audacity to hit it with his heel, looping the ball way over the keeper from around 10 yards out. Despite the impressive attempted defensive clearance from Bakary Soumare, the assistant referee affirmed that it had crossed the line.
The American international did this knowing good and well that it could have easily gone wrong. The level of touch needed to pull off such a goal was extraordinarily high.
Is this MLS Goal of the Year?
The Revolution won the match 2-0 and are now sixth in the East with 33 points. The Fire are two points back in seventh place. Since only five teams from each conference make the playoffs, the Revolution will need more goals from Agudelo to ensure qualification.
I'll be honest, I've always thought Agudelo was a decent striker, but never thought he was capable of something like this. Now I'm thrilled to see what he could bring to the United States national team once he further develops.