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Never say never

Red Bulls starter Juan Agudelo is the youngest player ever to score for the U.S. national team. Jamie Kripke for 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.