U.S. Men’s National Team forward Juan Agudelo took a break from the training grind of January Camp on Saturday afternoon to answer fan questions in a live chat on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page.
While he kept the mood light, one of the answers that stuck out most was his response to the question of his favorite memory with the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Agudelo has scored against Argentina and Mexico, but as the saying goes you never forget your first. In this case, Agudelo recalled his international debut in the MNT’s 1-0 friendly win against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup.
Entering the scoreless match for Robbie Rogers in the 61st minute, Agudelo’s combination with Mix Diskerud resulted in a nifty 85th minute strike, giving the U.S. a 1-0 win. The first U.S. Soccer Development Academy product to appear for the MNT, Agudelo also set a record as the youngest player to score in MNT history at 17 years, 359 days, a mark that stood until last May when Christian Pulisic tallied at 17 years, 253 days in a 4-0 win against Bolivia.
“That was a really special moment because I didn’t think I was going to be able to represent my country like that and help win a game in South Africa,” he said. “You could see from the celebration in that goal that it was a very special moment for me.”
Watch the full Facebook Live chat to see the MNT striker reflect on his favorite World Cup moment, the time he played against Lionel Messi and more: