Juan Agudelo keeps making his case to make the World Cup roster. At the very least, he appears a sure bet to join the United States for training camp, where he'll have a chance to earn his ticket to Brazil and, if current form is any indicator, earning it won't be too tough for him.
Over the weekend, Agudelo scored another goal for Utrecht, and the match winner at that. He also played a role in the team's first goal as Utrecht topped Vitesse, 2-1.
Agudelo now has three goals since joining the Dutch club, two of which have come in his last three matches. And while the goal total may not wow anyone, his all around play is what has really been notable. The 21-year-old is making smart runs, opening up space, holding the ball up well and -- this is especially notable in the Eredivisie, where defending is optional -- he has worked hard to pressure high up the pitch defensively.
One look at the New England Revolution could tell the story of Agudelo. The Revs have been okay going forward, but are only scoring a goal a match because of putrid striker play from Teal Bunbury. If Agudelo was still there, he would probably have three or four goals by now and New England would be a few points clear in the Eastern Conference.
Maybe Agudelo makes the World Cup roster, maybe he doesn't, but his play in the Netherlands has been a nice continuation of the progress he made with the Revs a year ago and should earn him a place on the preliminary roster. That earns him a spot in training camp and, from there, he has a chance.