According to Juan Agudelo, Juan Agudelo has signed with Stoke City again. He’ll go on a six-month loan until he can try another work permit appeal. Sources make it seem like the Netherlands or Belgium is most likely. I don’t think he’s ready for the Premier League yet, particularly on a Stokeish team that is in mid-season and isn’t safe from relegation, so a few months to acclimate himself into the European setting should be good for him, particularly in the Low Countries, which have traditionally been good places for Americans.
San Jose won the weighted lottery for Billy Schuler. The Earthquakes were one of only two teams to enter the lottery for the former Hammarby forward, with Real Salt Lake the other. Notably, Gregg Berhalter, his Hammarby manager, did not have Columbus enter. San Jose has a glut of forwards (Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart, Adam Jahn, Mike Fucito) so I wonder if that winds up being his final destination.
Speaking of the Superettan, Marquette centerback Eric Pothast has signed with Ängelholms, assuming he doesn’t get MLS superdrafted on Thursday (Rounds 1-2) or next Tuesday (Rounds 3-4). If Ängelholms sounds familiar, it’s because Matt Pyzdrowski (another Marquette alumnus) is their goalkeeper and Bobby Warshaw was loaned there last year. Pothast trialed/trained there last summer so presumably Ängelholms, who was 6th in the Swedish 2nd tier, knows what they’re getting.
Nothing official, but Philadelphia and DC swapped allocation spots in a trade today, meaning it seems likely that Maurice Edu’s rumored move to Philadelphia will happen.
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Howie once received a death threat at a USA-Brazil friendly. He still believes in Fred Adu. He plays forward in coed rec, although not well.