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Saving Juan Agudelo

Updated: February 23, 2011, 5:39 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

Don't call Juan Agudelo a rising star.

Don't call him special, a super-prospect, a prodigy, or even worse, the Next Big Thing. Skip the snappy nickname; spare him the YouTube tributes. In fact, forget you've ever even heard the 18-year-old Colombian-American striker's name.

Yes, he was mighty impressive in his first two professional starts for the New York Red Bulls in the MLS playoffs this past October. And, yes, he scored a game-winning goal in his debut ...

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