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How glad is Chivas USA that Juan Agudelo didn’t get called for U.S. national team duty?

Mar 24, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

Chivas USA sits in last place in the MLS Western Conference with an average attendance of 8,230 in 2013. Getty Images

Juan Agudelo was surely disappointed not to be called by Jurgen Klinsmann for the latest pair of World Cup qualifiers. He’s still young, of course, just 20 years old. But Agudelo already has 17 caps, and debuted with the full side at 18 years old more than two years ago. So it wouldn’t have been surprising to see the Goats striker named when U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann announced his latest round of selections a year ago.

Chivas USA would surely have been proud – but pride doesn’t score the goals. Not exactly, anyway.

Thus, Agudelo (pictured) was around to hit a wonderful goal, and to and supply a very intelligent assist on Edgar Mejia’s opener for the surprising Goats.

Chivas USA’s 4-1 win at chilly Toyota Park was Major League Soccer’s only match Sunday.

That’s the other big story here, the ongoing success for Chivas USA, which finds itself today sitting tied for second in the West. That’s hardly where most of us (*raises hand, pleading guilty as sin*) saw this thing going. It’s early, but last week’s draw with Los Angeles when playing so long a man down, and now a win in the team’s first road match under Jose (“Chelis”) Luis Sanchez Sola sure looks good.

(There is one other story angle here, from the other side. … But let’s take a look at Chicago and the woeful Fire start Monday.)

Here’s Agudelo’s technically perfect, curling ball around Fire backup goalkeeperPaolo Tornaghi:

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