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Getting to know FC Utrecht, Juan Agudelo’s next home

Jan 20, 2014, 10:16 PM EDT

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Soccer fans of a certain age know a bit about Ajax, the Dutch club that set that became the developmental standard bearer back in the day. Ajax was Barcelona before Barcelona was Barcelona.

And fans might know a little about PSV Eindhoven, the club where DaMarcus Beasley made his European bones.

Recent years have taught us a bit about Alkmaar, mostly because of Jozy Altidore’s high-scoring ways at the smaller Dutch outfit. Now, fellow U.S. international Aron Johannsson is doing the goal-scoring business at Alkmaar, which has kept the club on our radar. (Also because former U.S. international Earnie Stewart is in charge of building that club in his role as technical director.)

But beyond that, most of us look past the Dutch Eredivisie, turning our gaze to the “sexier” leagues abroad, the hifalutin associations in England, Spain, Germany and Italy.

So maybe it’s time to get to know a wee bit more, to amp up our Eredivisie shelf of knowledge.

(MORE: Agudelo not giving up 2014 World Cup hopes)

Greg Seltzer is an Amsterdam-based writer who contributes regularly to And he has delivered an excellent primer on Juan Agudelo’s new club.

Among the gems you’ll find in Seltzer’s thorough get-acquainted piece: Manager Jan Wouters, a former Dutch international, has worked previously with U.S. internationals Beasley, John O’Brien and Claudio Reyna.

It’s highly unlikely that Agudelo will be there past this spring. Still, it won’t kill you to know a little more about our soccer world, eh?

  1. hildezero - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    I already knew about FC Utrecht. FIFA Soccer works wonders. :) But the clubs that I do know the most are Ajax, Eindhoven, Alkmaar, and Twente. The rest? Not much.

    • bear06 - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:27 AM

      You don’t know PSV? They are the biggest club in Holland besides Ajax.

  2. Sgc - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Agudelo is not the first American to be loaned to Utrecht. John O’Brien was loaned from Ajax to Utrecht. As I recall he scored in one game against Ajax, and was recalled not long after.

  3. chadmoon1 - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Oh for the days when ESPN 2 showed Dutch League games every Sunday morning at 7:30am. I woke up early, plopped on couch, dozed in and out of consciousness, and watched great clubs like Roda JC and Go Ahead Eagles impress with their high technical ability and tiny stadiums.

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