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Agudelo aprovechará la Copa de Oro como trampolín para la selección de EE.UU
Juan Agudelo (camiseta azul) suma 23 partidos para Estados Unidos, cinco de ellos en la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF. (Foto: Víctor Straffon / Straffon Images)
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A sólo seis días de su cumpleaños numero 18 en noviembre del 2010, Juan Agudelo se convirtió en el jugador más joven de los Estados Unidos en aquel momento en marcar un gol internacional en el triunfo 1-0 en Sudáfrica.

Desde entonces, ha luchado para permanecer regularmente en el radar del la selección nacional.

Ahora el delantero Nueva Inglaterra tiene la oportunidad de probarse nuevamente en la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF.

"Es una oportunidad que hay que aprovechar", dijo Agudelo. "No sabes cuándo tendrás otra oportunidad como ésta en un torneo importante antes de una Copa del Mundo. De niño, siempre quise jugar en una Copa del Mundo; Rusia, no importa dónde sea ".

A pesar que Agudelo ha anotado siete goles en 23 partidos con la selección de Estados Unidos, las convocatorias han sido esporádicas debido a lesiones o el nivel de juego en el equipo.

Agudelo (24) que tiene siete goles y una asistencia en 15 partidos durante la actual temporada en la MLS, dijo que estaba más decepcionado de sí mismo que frustrado.

"No muestro mi nivel en el equipo", expresó Agudelo. "Esa es la única cosa de la que estoy decepcionado, solo yo".

Estados Unidos, que jugará en Ghana un amistoso en Hartford, Connecticut, el sábado, iniciará por el Grupo B contra Panamá el 8 de julio en Nashville.

"Se necesita una alineación completa para poder ganar la copa"  "Tiene que haber un grupo de 23 jugadores listos para jugar, son muchos partidos, en corto tiempo para recuperarse, y siento que el equipo con la plantilla más completa ganará el torneo". finalizó Agudelo.

Agudelo solo ha participado una vez en la Copa Oro, apareciendo cinco veces en la edición del 2011 sin anotar.

 
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