ASN Morning Read: Work Permits for Juan Agudelo
The future Stoke City forward needs to win an appeal before he can officially join the club; a young German-American accepts a call to a U-19 squad; Sacha Kljestan gets another shot to shine.
On track to become a Stoke City player in January, Juan Agudelo still officially needs a work permit. Stoke will make its case at a hearing likely to take place early next month. After the MLS playoffs end, Agudelo will head to England and start the process of getting acclimated. "Hopefully he will benefit from a mini break from playing after completing a full season in America,” agent Gary Mellor said. “We saw how tough it was for Geoff Cameron to play two seasons, in America and then here, without a break.”
Julian Green accepted a call-up to the Germany U-19 team for upcoming friendlies vs. France during the international break. A Green rep told MLSsoccer.com: "These matches are a great opportunity for him as a young player to gain further international experience without being determinate too early." Fair enough.
Scotland announced its team for the friendly against the U.S. next Friday. Familiar names include Premier League regulars Charlie Adam, Steven Naismith, and Steven Fletcher.
MLS will have a presence at next month’s FIFA Club World Cup in the form of a refereeing crew led by Mark Geiger. Geiger and the two assistants also worked the 2011 U-20 World Cup and the 2012 Olympics. They were one of five crews selected for the tournament in Morocco, which will be the first to feature goal-line technology.
Seb Hines scored for Middlesbrough in a U-21 match against Liverpool.
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht take on PSG in the Champions League today, another chance for Kljestan to continue his terrific goal-scoring form. He’s heating up on Doug McIntyre’s USMNT hot list. Cooling down? Jozy Altidore after Sunderland’s red-card laden performance over the weekend.
November 05, 2013
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