May 9, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT
Agudelo had his first attempt rejected back at the end of 2013 likely due to a lack of national team appearances, and Stoke announced they were signing him anyways, having been “shocked” by the rejection.
They sent him on loan to Dutch side FC Utrecht, where he has struggled over the course of his four months there, and this news likely means his contract with both clubs will be voided.
Agudelo had just three goals for Utrecht in 14 appearances, and while his late form with two goals in his last three matches helped the club avoid relegation from the Eredivisie, overall he was a disappointment, going eight matches without scoring at one point and losing his spot temporarily.
Not only is the rejection a big blow to the 21-year-old’s attempts to play abroad, but is also a message from the UK to the United States that it will be very unlikely for a non-regular starter on the US international squad to play in the Premier League who doesn’t also possess dual citizenship.
This news comes just a day after FA chairman Greg Dyke announced the commission will likely look to redo the work permit system in order to promote development of English players in the league.
Agudelo left Major League Soccer in January for Stoke City after the expiration of his contract with the New England Revolution. He will now be a free agent.
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