Revs re-sign Agudelo to multi-year deal

The Revolution have re-signed forward/midfielder Juan Agudelo to a multi-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not announced.

Agudelo announced the move in a Twitter/Instagram post Monday morning; the club followed up with an email to local media a few minutes later.

“I am happy to announce that I have re-signed with the Revolution and the MLS,” Agudelo wrote. “I have enjoyed being a part of the growth of the league over the last 4 years and am looking forward to being a part this over the coming years. @nerevs #mls #nerevs. Let’s get it.”

Out of contract following the 2018 season, Agudelo’s return to Foxborough was expected after the club extended a bonafide offer to the New Jersey native before the Nov. 20 deadline. New England had listed the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder as one of its 11 protected players prior to last Tuesday’s expansion draft, indicating a deal was imminent.

Over his eight-year MLS career, Agudelo has scored 43 goals over three clubs — New York Red Bulls, for whom he was a Homegrown player, the defunct Chivas USA, and New England — with 32 of them coming in a Revolution shirt.

He scored three goals in 30 appearances during the recently completed 2018 campaign. In his pro career, he has assisted on 20 others in nearly 11,000 minutes.

“Juan has been an integral member of our team over the last five years, and ensuring that he remained here in New England was a priority for us this offseason,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “We believe his best years as a player are still ahead of him, and we look forward to seeing Juan in a Revolution jersey in 2019 and beyond.”

The Revs had acquired Agudelo midway through the 2013 season from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money, and over the course of 1,021 minutes had scored seven goals and assisted on another en route to the first of three straight playoff appearances for New England.

However, he had signed a pre-contract agreement with Stoke City FC of the English Premier League for 2014. That deal never came together, as English authorities had denied Agudelo a work permit.

The Potters then sent Agudelo out on loan to Dutch side FC Utrecht, where he scored three goals in 14 appearances in the Eredivisie.

After the English once again denied Agudelo a work permit after 2014, Stoke terminated his deal. He returned to New England in late January 2015, and he has played here ever since.

With Agudelo now under contract, New England now has 21 players on its roster. In addition, the Revs have now made four signings since the season ended: Cristian Penilla and Luis Caicedo inked new deals after their loan agreements were purchased on Nov. 2, and the Revolution made Nicolas Firmino their fifth Homegrown signing on Nov. 27.

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