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Could Juan Agudelo be America's first great striker?

Updated: April 11, 2011, 11:48 AM ET
By Doug McIntyre | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the April 18, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

EVEN BEFORE HE scored the tying goal for the U.S. during a high-profile friendly against Argentina on March 26, 18-year-old Juan Agudelo seemed too good to be true.

Just a month after debuting with the New York Red Bulls last October, the 6'1" forward became the first graduate of a Major League Soccer team academy to start for the national squad.

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