Red Bulls sign Juan Agudelo

The New York Red Bulls have signed forward Juan Agudelo to a homegrown Generation adidas contract.  Agudelo's New York-based agent, Ron Waxman, confirmed the deal to SBI on Thursday night.

A member of the U.S. Under-17 national team and product of the Red Bulls Youh Academy, Agudelo impressed during pre-season with the Red Bulls after a successful trial stint with Colombian club Millonarios. Details of the contract were not made available.

Agudelo joins a crowded stable of forwards for the Red Bulls that includes Juan Pablo Angel, Macoumba Kandji, John Wolyniec, Conor Chinn and recently-signed Ghanaian forward Ibrahim Salou. He has impressed with his skill on the ball and improved strength, and should get minutes despite being just 17.

As a Homegrown Player, Agudelo will not count toward the Red Bulls' 24-man roster.

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58 Responses to Red Bulls sign Juan Agudelo

  1. Chris says:

    Nice!

  2. Connor B says:

    Nice

  3. sonicdeathmonkey says:

    Sweet!

  4. Blake says:

    Sweet

  5. Isaac says:

    Tight.

  6. Lot15C says:

    Awesome!

  7. John says:

    Hooray!

  8. Erik V says:

    That is great!! Was kind of expecting he was going to be signed by Chicago or Philly per some unknown MLS rule that requires every RBNY talent to go to their competitors (Duka)

  9. Steve says:

    Fantabulous!

  10. kpugs says:

    Awesome news.

  11. Thorpinski says:

    roger that

  12. Benred says:

    Is Agudelo that good? Compared to what players?

  13. leftcoastmetro says:

    ditto!

  14. Isaac says:

    Where’s that one kid who never stops trashing the Red Bulls? At least his posts were longer than three words/syllables….

  15. dudeinho says:

    hey were Irving Garcia and Conner Chinn let go? not seeing them listed on the roster

  16. Eurosnob says:

    Does anyone know if there’s a limit as to the number of homegrown players that a team can sign?

  17. dudeinho says:

    err nvm
    saw connor chinn

    still wondering about irving

  18. Scott A says:

    Niice. Our legion of young’uns are going to slap the rest of the league around starting soon

  19. afrim says:

    that sound you hear are other team’s fans getting jealous. NY no longer will be the league’s whipping boy. Cant wait till the squad is reinforced with the promised DP in July

  20. Jeff says:

    I think it is two per year.

  21. alexandria says:

    After that game vs Santos I don’t see how he would want to sign for millionaros, he will be worth more than jozy.

  22. Hutskizzle says:

    with the amount of time it took to sign this kid (there was a contract agreed upon between RBNY and Agudelo – just waiting on MLS’s confirmation), im sure Garber and Co. were looking vigorously through the MLS rulebook to find someway to get him NOT to sign with us

  23. Hutskizzle says:

    i asked Ives that question a few weeks back, and he said that if he entered this years draft, he would have been a “top 10 pick for sure”

  24. Second City says:

    Please, for the love of everything holy cut Wolyniec now.

    That man looks like a 60 year old burn victim. Needless to say any highlight he pops up on (which is most likely going to be him shoving players from behind) sucks for league just based on his appearance.

    We did our part with Blanco. Now you follow suit New Jersey

  25. Hutskizzle says:

    Wolyniec is a legend here in NY. its gonna be a lot tougher to let him loose than it was for your Bridgeview Fire to let go of Blanco

  26. Ivan says:

    Saw Agudelo play v. Toronto FC in Orlando. The kid is ridiculously talented. Fast, not afraid to take people one on one, has a nice shot on goal…was very impressed. Good for NYRB.

  27. Matt says:

    They were officially signed yesterday. They are on the roster.

  28. tbecker says:

    how good is agudelo compared to jozy at the same age?

  29. Second City says:

    I have no doubt he’s a legend. Quite the amazing feat to take the pitch as a member of the ” greatest generation “.

    By all means, please put your legend on the pitch this Saturday.

  30. Chris says:

    Don’t we have a few too many fowards now?

  31. wilyboy says:

    The signing of these youth players is a good sign for MLS.

  32. BrooklynFC says:

    Id say Agudelo has better dribbling but Altidore was more of a man….

  33. BrooklynFC says:

    MLS is def on the up and up…… Now if only Backe would start Agudelo at Left winger we would be so attacking minded and plus Miller can hold down the whole left Defensively by himself… I could see Agudelo playing a similar role to that of Zakuani

  34. fischy says:

    You can wonder all you want. They announced the signings of Ream, Chinn and Garcia on Wednesday.

  35. Oh_yeah says:

    That is good news. The red bulls are finally making the right moves.

  36. Cindy says:

    oh thank goodness! i was sure something with Agudelo was going to fail miserably! even better that he doesn’t count against the 24 man roster! the very best of luck to him!

  37. andrew g says:

    hot!

  38. LEE says:

    Lets Go REDBULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Leeds says:

    wicked

  40. Tim F. says:

    Ives,

    I’m counting 27 players on the Red Bulls roster now and I believe the team is permitted 26 (24 + the 2 HG)so … who has been let go?

    Tim

  41. Oh_yeah says:

    They have 2HG and 2 generation adidas through the draft.

  42. gerald says:

    Technically Salou’s paperwork is not in yet so he can’t be added to the roster yet

  43. Sgc says:

    Of course Chinn is signed. . . he’s Nationally Ranked!!11

  44. J says:

    Great move by MLS and NY! As we see these players develop, and DC’s recent signing as well, it will really have a huge impact on the MLS Draft moving forward. There was some chatter at the draft that the only Forward NY took was Connor Chinn as a late rounder, yet with Agudelo waiting in the wings, in theory, they could look elsewhere.

    Again, this highlights the importance of having a developed Academy. If you can groom these players along and bring them into practice, you know what you have and can use that info at the draft. I’m curious as to how the rookie class of NY will be graded now?

  45. Josh D says:

    Is Chinn meant to be any good?

  46. Dannyc58 says:

    Had 4 goals in preseason, looked pretty dangerous. Good holding up, and in the box. Not elite at either, but good at both. I think he has a very solid future…

  47. Sean says:

    Well, I’m a New Yorker and I’d be perfectly okay if our Harrison Red Bulls let Wolyniec go.

  48. Sean says:

    Agreed.

  49. suckafree says:

    money

  50. Smith says:

    I realize that it’s too early to predict success for the player or the club but it does seem that, for foreign guys, Soler & Backe have a better handle on how to build an MLS side & what avenues to pursue than the Legendary Professor of Futbol, Juan Carlos Osorio & the equally legendary Goose. At least they are using the tools at their disposal, & not trying to bring in players who have been claimed by other teams (Hi there, Lider Marmol.)

  51. m3tRo b0y says:

    We most likely will after being up 3 goals in the first half

  52. Second City says:

    Haha. Love the attitude!

    Looking forward to tomorrow and glad RB fans have reason to talk some trash.

    Should be a fun year.

  53. Boble Bee says:

    Looks like Frankenstein is on his way out. Macoumba to the Left Wing.

  54. Joamiq says:

    Did you watch Kandji play any games at left wing last year?