United States Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann completed his training camp roster call-ups on Sunday, adding eleven players to the team six days before Team USA take on Scotland. One of those players is forward Juan Agudelo, who was traded to Chivas USA by the Red Bulls for defender Heath Pearce. Pearce has featured for the USMNT before, but he was not chosen for the team this time around.
Agudelo will soon join the US squad in Orlando, and thus he will not be with Chivas USA when they travel east to face the first place Red Bulls. That match will take place on Wednesday evening. New York dodge a real bullet here, as former Red Bulls have enjoyed great success when taking on their former club, especially in matches occurring in New Jersey. Both Dwayne De Rosario and Mike Magee scored goals during visits to Red Bull Arena in 2011. As it stands, no current RBNY players will join US Soccer this spring.
Pearce played a full 90 minutes during Saturday evening's Montreal Impact vs. Red Bulls contest. He was mostly solid minus one noteworthy mistake that nearly resulted in the hosts scoring, and Pearce could find himself starting alongside the recently arrested Wilman Conde on Wednesday night. Injuries have prevented Conde from playing in all but two of New York's regular season contests. Juan Agudelo also started for Chivas USA when his new club faced off against defending champs LA Galaxy. Agudelo didn't register a single shot on goal, and he was subbed off for former RBNY player Juan Pablo Angel after 76 minutes.
In all fairness, the Red Bulls always expected to be without Agudelo during at least a portion of the summer. Agudelo was supposed to be busy playing in the Olympics, but the US then failed to qualify for that competition earlier in the year. Ironically, the Olympics were one reason New York traded for Kenny Cooper on 2012 MLS SuperDraft day. Cooper eventually took Agudelo's starting job before becoming one of the league's top scorers, and Agudelo being relegated to the New York bench for the second consecutive spring played a big role in his asking for a trade.
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