Red Bulls trade Agudelo to Chivas USA for Pearce
Juan Agudelo was traded from the New York to Chivas USA for
defender Heath Pearce and allocation money on Thursday after the
19-year-old forward told the Red Bulls he was frustrated by a lack
of playing time.
Agudelo came up through the Red Bull Academy and made his
first-team debut in 2010. He was stuck behind Thierry Henry and
Kenny Cooper, who are tied for second in Major League Soccer with
nine goals each.
”He thought his chances to develop as a player would maybe get
better … if he played somewhere else,” Red Bulls general manager
Erik Soler said. ”Out of respect for Juan, we decided to give him
Agudelo is the latest young American player to leave New York,
following goalkeeper Tim Howard, forward Jozy Altidore and defender
Tim Ream. New York turned down offers from foreign clubs for
”We’re still a small league,” Soler said. ”We are still not
at the top of the pyramid.”
Chivas USA replaced Pearce by obtaining defender Danny Califf
from Philadelphia Union for midfielder Michael Lahoud and
Agudelo, 19, made his U.S. national team debut in 2010 and has
two goals in 15 international appearances. He failed to become a
regular with the Red Bulls last year and missed the start of the
MLS season after tearing knee cartilage while playing for the U.S.
under-23 team that was eliminated in Olympic qualifying.
He won’t be away from Red Bull Arena for long: Chivas USA visits
The 27-year-old Pearce can play defender or midfielder and joins
a Red Bulls team that has yielded a league-high 23 goals in 11
games. He was among the final cuts from the 2010 U.S. World Cup
roster. Pearce played previously with Denmark’s Nordsjaelland
(2005-07). Germany’s Hansa Rostock (2007-9) and FC Dallas
Califf, 32, signed with Philadelphia in 2010 after he played in
Denmark for AaB Aalborg and Midtjylland.