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Klinsmann: NYRB's Agudelo 'a very special talent'

New York Red Bulls youngster Juan Agudelo has been labeled 'a very special talent' by USA national team coach Juergen Klinsmann.

The 18-year old attacker came off the bench for the US in both their recent friendlies - against Honduras and Ecuador - to take his international games tally to 12 at this early stage of his career.

Klinsmann is under no illusions that Agudelo has an enormous amount of ability but has made it clear that he will be strategic in how he helps develop the promising talent.

"We see in Juan a very special talent coming through the ranks. He's 18 years old and has a long way to go, but he's a tremendous talent," Klinsmann said.

"We have two plans for him. One is for him to be here and learn from the other players in this squad and get used to a higher intensity training. Number two is he will be part of an Olympic team that tries to get to London next summer, and that could be his first big international tournament.

"Going forward he can only learn and only improve."

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Andrew Slevison
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