At only 18 years of age, New England Revolution forward Diego Fagundez has established himself as one of the league’s greatest rising stars. His three seasons for the Revolution have allowed his career to blossom and unveiled his true potential.
Because of how productive Fagundez was during the 2013 season, the Revolution were able to secure their first playoff berth in three seasons. It seems odd to think that a team can rely so heavily on a player that is easily three to five years younger than most of the active first team squad. Leading all Revolution players with 13 goals for the 2013 season, Fagundez officially made his arrival in MLS.
The Revolution’s first-ever homegrown player was signed onto the senior roster in 2010. After scoring a goal in his first MLS game, Fagundez has never looked back. Biding his time during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Diego was finally given a chance to become a regular starter in 2013. Starting 28 out of the 31 games he appeared in, he scored 13 goals and seven assists while raising himself as the Revolution’s main source of attack.
One of the more important aspects of the 2013 season was that Fagundez has officially received his green card as part of seeking US citizenship. A native of Uruguay and still current citizen, Diego would like to obtain his full US citizenship and one day move towards earning a call-up to Jurgen Klinsmann’s camp. Seeing him on the roster for the World Cup would be a welcome surprise and would give the Americans a much needed attacking option.
New England will look for Fagundez to be one a primary source of their attack next season. He is full of potential and has the ability to bring the Revolution back for another MLS playoff berth. Keep your eyes heavily trained to this young and talented star that is taking the MLS by storm.