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Toronto FC selects veteran forward Juan Agudelo in MLS re-entry draft

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MLS: New England Revolution at Portland Timbers
New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo (17) controls the ball against Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma (25) during the first half at Providence Park.
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Today, Toronto FC selected veteran forward Juan Agudelo in stage two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, which took place earlier this afternoon.

Agudelo, 27, appeared in 31 games for New England Revolution across all competitions last season, scoring four times and adding one assist. However, last season was far from the Colombian’s best.

In 2013-14, the promising attacker joined Stoke City on a free transfer where he was then loaned to Eredivise side FC Utrecht, appearing in 14 matches providing three goals and three assists. He rejoined the Revolution in 2015 where the forward recorded three-straight seven-goal MLS campaigns, adding eight assists over that span.

“Juan is a talented veteran player that we believe would add depth to our group of strikers,” Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis released in a statement. “Selecting Juan in Stage 2 doesn’t ensure that he will be with us next year. Selecting him effectively gives us the right to have a conversation and try to negotiate a contract. If we do not reach an agreement with Juan, then he will be made available to other MLS clubs.”

It is important to note that while Toronto FC have selected the free agent and now own his rights, there is no guarantee of Agudelo signing in Toronto. The team and the player will now negotiate in hopes of agreeing to a new deal, but if they are unable to do so, Agudelo will be free to sign with a different team. Last season, Agudelo earned $604,999.92 in guaranteed compensation.