American Exports: Juan Agudelo reportedly has Stoke City work permit appeal rejected for 2nd time
Juan Agudelo's club future is up in the air after reports emerged Friday that his second application in six months for a UK work permit to join the Premier League's Stoke City had been rejected.
The news was first reported by Stoke Loud and Proud:
From what we've been told tonight, we believe that Agudelo's 2nd work permit attempt has failed (Jase)
— SL&P (@StokeLoudProud) May 9, 2014
Goal.com's Ives Galarcep later confirmed the reports.
Agudelo originally signed with Stoke upon the end of his MLS deal with the New England Revolution in January, but was loaned by the Potters to Dutch side FC Utrecht when his initial UK work-permit application was rejected.
His Eredivisie form – three goals and three assists over 14 appearances – has made the former New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA striker a late candidate for inclusion in the US national team's 30-man preliminary World Cup roster. He currently has two goals in 18 caps for the USMNT.
It was not immediately clear what effect the work permit denial would have on Agudelo's Stoke contract.