In late August Stoke confirmed they had struck a provisional agreement to sign highly rated young MLS forward Juan Agudelo.
Agudelo, 20, of New England Revolution, was scheduled to join Stoke in January, subject to a work permit.
The hearing took place this week, to the surprise of most, the 17-time capped US international had his application refused.
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said yesterday: "We're bitterly disappointed that the panel rejected our appeal, unfortunately, under the rules of the appeal panel system, we were given no explanation why the application was rejected and so can only speculate as to the reasons why we have been unsuccessful.
"We are therefore left amazed that our application for a work permit for Juan has been rejected when you compare his talent and ability to players who have been granted a work permit on appeal in the past."
Agudelohad kept quiet on the controversy until a recent post on Thursday evening on Twitter, suggesting he will keep working hard for an opportunity.
I appreciate all the support guys really but dam no body died ha. Life's gooooooooooooooooood! 20 yr old on grind.— Juan Agudelo (@JuanAgudelo) November 21, 2013
Agudelo's New England side were also dumped out of the MLS playoffs by Sporting Kansas City last weekend, so the news has compounded
As he points out he is young and future opportunities will come, it just remains to be seen whether that will be with Stoke City or not.
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