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

this chance.”

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

Agudelo.

”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

allocation money.

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

on Wednesday.

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

(2009-10).

Califf, 32, signed with Philadelphia in 2010 after he played in

Denmark for AaB Aalborg and Midtjylland.