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OMG! What a Goal: Juan Agudelo’s latest unforgettable strike is a wicked bicycle

WASHINGTON — As one of U.S. soccer’s many lavishly-hyped young talents in recent years, Juan Agudelo has already had an eventful, and at times topsy-turvy, professional career.

New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo

A product of the New York Red Bulls Academy who signed a senior-team contract at age 17 in 2010, the New Jersey product has experienced both success and struggle on three Major League Soccer teams, multiple U.S. national teams and in his long-running quest to earn a place in a major European league.

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But even amid setbacks, immaturity and inconsistency, the Colombian-born striker’s talent was always apparent, starting with the fact that he’s scored spectacular goals everywhere he’s gone.

Agudelo has finally found his most comfortable home with the New England Revolution, and he scored his latest golazo for the Revs in their first-round playoff game against D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night. This one transcends words, really:

Unfortunately for New England, Agudelo’s insanely-good bicycle kick was the only effort good enough to  beat D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who made a series of stunning saves early on when the Revolution were utterly dominating the game, setting the stage for United’s 2-1 comeback victory and ending the Revs’ season.

But that vicious bike netted by “Swagudelo” will live in history regardless.

The question is, was it even the best goal he’s ever scored at RFK?

Hamid won’t want to remember it, but Agudelo also beat him with an even more resourceful strike at the  ancient concrete bowl four years ago, putting the exclamation mark on a 4-0 rout of United by the Red Bulls on April 21, 2011. It wasn’t as quite as majestic as this week’s overhead kick, but it might have been even harder to execute:

And while we’re here, how about a moment for one more jaw-dropping Agudelo finish? This inventive backheel was a finalist for MLS Goal of the Week in 2013:

Still just 22, Agudelo has only played in five U.S. Men’s National Team games in the past four years or so, adding up to just 132 minutes played since the start of 2012. Do you think Jurgen Klinsmann owes him a call? Share your perspectives in the comments section below.

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